In this meditation, poet Darlene Montonaro uses water imagery – of pouring rain or a flooded, rushing river – to signal the weightiness of loss, the journey of grief, and ultimate emotional release. We pair Montonaro's poem "Parting" with François Couperin's character piece, Les langueurs tendres, or The Tender languishing. Performed here by baroque oboe and harpsichord, the melody constantly “leans in” to small dissonances designed to make us “feel” something. Some of those dissonances might make you feel a mere twinge of nostalgia or regret; others might contain longing or a weightiness that corresponds to the sentiments of Montonaro’s poem.
Featuring classic and contemporary poetry by Northeast Ohio writers along with curated performances from Les Délices live-performance archives, each episode concludes with prompts for mindfulness or guided listening.
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This meditation pairs "Whatever I carry" by Shei Sanchez with an old Scottish tune called “Love is the cause of my mourning,” performed by baroque oboe, viola da gamba, and lute. The simple texture and gapped scale of the melody lend the song a feeling of sweet innocence that resonates with the sense of satisfaction in Sanchez's poem.Listen →
This meditation features the poem "Right Eye" by Eric Odum, in which the speaker repeatedly explains that his right eye has been tearing up constantly. At once a symbol of release and pent-up emotions, "Right Eye" volleys between different sentiments such that Odum wonders, "how many of these are from pain to come, or an overwhelming joy to live." We pair Odum's poem with Jean-Philippe Rameau's Entree de Polymnie, excerpted from final opera Les Boréades. Performed by a pair of violins accompanied by viola da gamba and harpsichord, this piece feels lush, comforting, and warm, though there’s an undeniable underlying melancholy that echoes the coexisting sentiments in Odum’s poem.Listen →
In this meditation, poet Darlene Montonaro uses water imagery – of pouring rain or a flooded, rushing river – to signal the weightiness of loss, the journey of grief, and ultimate emotional release. We pair Montonaro's poem "Parting" with François Couperin's character piece, Les langueurs tendres, or The Tender languishing. Performed here by baroque oboe and harpsichord, the melody constantly “leans in” to small dissonances designed to make us “feel” something. Some of those dissonances might make you feel a mere twinge of nostalgia or regret; others might contain longing or a weightiness that corresponds to the sentiments of Montonaro’s poem.Listen →
This meditation pairs the poem "How to Escape Madness Under a Full Moon" by Darlene Montonaro with instrumental piece for strings with organ by the French composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier that sparkles while remaining humble. Ultimately, it feels deeply spiritual and it is based on a Latin chant fragment, “Pange Lingua.” As you listen, try to focus on the rise and fall of the lowest voice - doubled by the organ - which spins out the chant. What words might you use to describe how the violins respond or react to the tune in the bass?Listen →
In this meditation, we have paired Eric Odum's poem "In the storm" with Marin Marais' "Tombeau de M. de St. Colombe," an intense and deeply personal work. “Tombeau,” means tomb in French, and the music is a tribute by Marais to his former teacher and mentor M. de St. Colombe. Though the music is extremely intimate - performed by just viola da gamba and harpsichord - the emotions portrayed are almost operatic in their extremes. The music's emotions – from reflection to sadness and even occasional violence – are all echoed in Odum’s poem.Listen →
This episode features poetry by Northeast Ohio poets Cathy Barber, Marion Boyer, and Shei Sanchez. Each poem offers a different perspective on our place in the world, whether that’s admiring a vast wilderness, considering a view of earth from space, or backyard stargazing - set to the profound music of J.S. Bach.Listen →
This episode features Eric Odum's poem "Trust Fall" paired with a Caprice de chaconne for baroque guitar by Francesco Corbetta.Listen →
This Meditation on Time features "Some Days" by Philip Shalom Terman and "Waiting for Words to Come from a Moonlit Sky" by Darlene Montonaro paired with a Chaconne en Rondeau by French Baroque composer François Chauvon.Listen →
This episode pairs Shei Sanchez's "The End of Things" with a fantasia for viols by Renaissance composer William Byrd that was originally created for Les Délices' SalonEra series.Listen →
This episode features poems by three Northeast Ohio-based writers. Each poem captures a single fleeting moment, a single encounter with nature, that somehow encapsulates an eternity. "Crow Tongue" by Ray McNiece, "Cicadas" by Cathy Barber, and "Sunbeams" by Marion Boyer are heard alongside an anonymous dance Bel fiore dança (or, lovely dance in Italian) that survives in a manuscript from around 1400.Listen →
Eric Odum's poem, "...from dust you came," is paired with a Sarabande for baroque guitar by Francesco Corbetta (performed live in concert by Lucas Harris) that echos the poem's powerful rhythm.Listen →
Julie Warther's extended haiku poem "One Child's Candle," explores themes beauty and stillness in imagery from Christmas Eve, including a whispered, reverent third verse of the carol "Silent Night," performed here by members of Les Délices (featuring soprano Elena Mullins) from the group's 2020 virtual concert Noel, Noel.Listen →