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Musicians Move Us, How Fragile We Are, We Wear the Mask

Musicians Move Us, How Fragile We Are, We Wear the Mask

Good Morning from Prince Edward Island,
Leaving the house and heading for a walk with Millie this past Thursday morning, I managed to capture this phone photo.
This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, the day will be gone forever; in its place is something you left behind. Let it be something good. ~ anonymous
With the sun rising earlier every day and going down later every evening, lots happening on Prince Edward Island. The Island is showing off its many shades of green, the national parks have their annual passes on for half price, and the campgrounds are opening up. Staycation planning is underway, and summer is almost here.
Two stories.
Our staff are doing a fantastic job of preparing the store and restaurant for the season. The store is open, and the restaurant will be on Father's Day, June 21st. Reserve Your Table now, you are able to reserve up to 90 days in advance.
Last night a friend sent a music video that inspired me to write about artists, especially musicians. Thank you, John.
This pandemic is wreaking havoc on those thousands of musicians. They make their living from pouring their passion into not their art, but they also entertain us, educate us, and inspire us. My heart goes out to them and their families today.
Here are two organizations set up to help musicians and their families. 
Unison Benevolent Fund a non-profit organization, provides counselling, emergency relief, and benefit programs for those in the Canadian music community who face personal or professional challenges due to hardship, illness, unemployment or economic difficulties.
The New Orleans Musicians' Clinic has provided medical care to musicians and performing artists in New Orleans

Today I choose to let the words & music tell the story.

“Musicians want to be the loud voice for so many quiet hearts.” – Billy Joel
This song by Sting and performed below by Stevie Wonder and Sting is a reminder.
How Fragile We Are
If blood will flow when flesh and steel are one
Drying in the colour of the evening sun
Tomorrow's rain will wash the stains away
But something in our minds will always stay
Perhaps this final act was meant
To clinch a lifetime's argument
That nothing comes from violence and nothing ever could
For all those born beneath an angry star
Lest we forget how fragile we are
On and on the rain will fall
Like tears from a star
Like tears from a star
On and on the rain will say
How fragile we are
How fragile we are
On and on the rain will fall
Like tears from a star
Like tears from a star
On and on the rain will say
How fragile we are
How fragile we are
How fragile we are
How fragile we are

Whether you are a fan of Bob Dylan or not, reading this interview and giving a full listen to Murder Most Foul, will provide further support to his Nobel Prize for Literature.

He is not one to give interviews so this is a coup by New York Times writer, Douglas Brinkley.  A wonderful read. Read, Bob Dylan Has a Lot on His Mind. 

Bob Dylan Murder Most Foul Lyric Video. This comment by Gene Miller says it well. Absolutely genius. Only Dylan could make a 17-minute song about Kennedy's death using the starkest of words and melody.


Life is Poetry.

"There is no poet, black or nonblack, who measures his achievement," she declared. "Even today. He wanted to be a writer and he wrote." ~ Nikki Giovanni, speaking of Paul Laurence Dunbar
We Wear the Mask
by Paul Laurence Dunbar 1872-1906
We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.
Why should the world be over-wise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.
We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!

Thank you to the Poetry Foundation. After reading this, I recommend reading Paul Laurence Dunbar's Bio.


Prince Edward Island's esteemed singer-songwriters Catherine MacLennan and Tara MacLean combine their talents writing this song together and performing on this video. THANK YOU. 

Lyric to This Storm. 

When the world is spinning round and round
Ashes ashes we all fall down
When we wake up in a scary dream
And all we want is to go back to sleep
I love you more than ever
Soon we'll be together
In each other's arms
I know it will be alright
It's just gonna take some time
So hold on through this storm
When the only way to hold you near
Is to call you on the phone from here
And you tell me that you're feeling scared
Know that I am with you everywhere
I love you more than ever
Soon we'll be together
In each other's arms
I know it will be alright
It's just gonna take some time
With Love from Prince Edward Island, I hope you have a great safe and healthy week ahead. Take care of each other. 
Bruce & Mille
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LaVonne - June 20, 2020

Bruce, your blog is a bright spot in a tumultuous world. Your love of that jewel called Prince Edward Island, is evident. Your love of people and all that is good in God’s creation, is evident. I pray your business, one of my favourite places to visit when we were fortunate enough to live on PEI, flourishes.

John - June 15, 2020

What a beautiful montage. You have come through splendidly once again. Thank you Tara and Catherine. Makes me feel good in these hard times. Dylan, Porter, Sting, Richard…all treasures. Merci. See you after quarantine in August if Kina (my Lab) and I are accepted. Looking forward to that “big breakfast” and the walk through The Gardens of Hope. Kina sends a big kiss to Millie.

murdock morrison - June 15, 2020

Hi again and a very thoughtful blog Bruce especially your comments on how fragile life is and you had some wonderful background music and commentary to bring all of this forward. Catherine and Tara was icing on the cake and so beautiful to listen to and just ponder. We will be in God’s country on Wednesday as we just go our approval letter to touch the Island land again and we hope to see you in the near future. Murdock

Peggy Freeman - June 14, 2020

Thank you, Bruce. Just when I’m feeling so low and worried about my grandchildren’s future, I read your blog and it lifts me up. I know we will come out of this and we will be stronger, more united. Not just as a country, but as a unified world that will work harder at peace and unity. A world that will focus on saving the planet, curing diseases, and accepting everyone!

Wendell Hennan - June 13, 2020

Your blog is always enjoyable and solid worthwhile reading but today’s was loaded with so many treats. Stories of artists that I would never have known, 17 minues of Dylan which I was unfamiliar with and ending with Tara and Catherine, two wonderful island singers. God Bless. See you this summer with the Maritime provinces bubble.

Linda - June 13, 2020

Thank you so much for the wonderful Dylan interview. I have been a fan for over 50 years. He has always been in a league of his own. Hope your opening goes well. See you soon! Linda

Catherine - June 13, 2020

Thank you so much for this awesome newsletter to begin my weekend. Music has and always be a huge part of my life.

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