Music Meditations

LD Music Meditations combines poetry and music to bring soul-soothing and life-affirming art into your day.

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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We’re proud to feature readers and writers from across Northeast Ohio through LD Music Meditations.

Latest Episode:

A Meditation on Personal Growth

Featuring the poems God is On Your Side by Mildred Dixon and Transformation by Mike Dayton, read by the authors. The music is an instrumental work by French Baroque composer Marc Antoine Charpentier, his Symphonie on the chant fragment "Tantum Ergo," performed live by Les Délices in 2015 with an ensemble of strings and organ.

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A Meditation on Otherness

Featuring the poems Mary Ann and Jellyfish by Joyce Nichols, read by Debra Nagy. The music comprises a short prelude and the rondeau Les Sylvains by French Baroque composer Robert de Visée performed live by lute player Lucas Harris in concert with Les Délices in 2019.

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A Meditation on the Moment

Featuring the poems Being in the Country and Dancing by Dalin Evans and Ode to 1795 by Mike Dayton, read by the authors. The music comprises two movements (a Prelude and Allemande) by French Baroque composer Louis Antoine Dornel performed live by Les Délices in 2013 with baroque oboe, viola da gamba, and harpsichord.

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A Meditation on Personal Growth

Featuring the poems God is On Your Side by Mildred Dixon and Transformation by Mike Dayton, read by the authors. The music is an instrumental work by French Baroque composer Marc Antoine Charpentier, his Symphonie on the chant fragment "Tantum Ergo," performed live by Les Délices in 2015 with an ensemble of strings and organ.

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Meditation on Strength & Perseverance

Featuring poetry by Laura Grace Weldon: Self-defined and music by François Couperin Couperin: Prelude in C (live performance by Mark Edwards, harpsichord)

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A Meditation on New Beginnings

Featuring poetry by Kathleen Cerveny: Forsythia read by Leon Bibb. Music by François Couperin: La Vivacité from his Neuvième Concert.

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A Meditation on Change and Malleability

Featuring poetry by Diane Kendig, Writ in Water, read by Leon Bibb with music by Henry Purcell.

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A Meditation on Healing & Transformation

Featuring the poem Beach Glass by John Gabel, read by Leon Bibb. Music by François Chauvon.

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A Meditation on Awe

Featuring the poem Stars by Sara Teasdale (1884-1933) read by Leon Bibb. Music by François Couperin: Sarabande La Noble fierté from Neuvième Concert Il ritratto dell’amore (arr. Nagy).

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A Meditation on Interconnectedness

Featuring the poem Common Ground by Laura Grace Weldon, read by Leon Bibb. The music is by an anonymous composer from around 1400. This textless piece has the title Andray Soulet. Performed here by replicas of Medieval instruments: recorder, plectrum lute, and vielle (a medieval fiddle), arranged by Debra Nagy.

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A Meditation on Love

A Meditation on Love featuring “Poppies” by Elsa Johnson with music by François Couperin (Sicilienne in g minor from Concert no. 7).

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