Friday, August 28, 2015

Morning Has Broken and Reflections

Morning Has Broken is a hit song made popular during the 1970s. It was originally a Christian hymn based on a Scottish Gaelic melody known as a "Bunessan", which is a small village in the south-west of the island of Mull off the west coast of Scotland.

The song was originally a Christmas carol known as Child in the Manger, written by Mary MacDonald who lived 1789 to 1872. Words were added by children's author and poet, Eleanor Farjeon, born in 1881, who earned a living as a poet, journalist and broadcaster. The song was first recorded in 1931 and was sung mostly in children's services as a religious hymn.

This beautiful version is a hymn sung by Art Garfunkel and Diana Krall

And this is done by music artist of the seventies, Cat Stevens.

Songs and melodies can reach out within a few notes and take us back, bringing a flood of memories of our youth. These thoughts, lost in the sieve of time, remain buried until a tune like this one plays on the radio. Without warning, memories often come flooding back, the good times right along with the bad.

Young love, first love, unrequited love: we're never again the same once we've experienced it.

"Oh, to be young, and feel love's keen sting," says Albus Dumbledore of Harry Potter fame.The kind of youthful love that's never forgotten, love that brings with it stinging, burning passion, often times is remembered as far better than it was in reality.

Some memories are better left to rest in the corners of our minds, "Fading like a flowered print on a sunny wall," quips Paul Winfield, of City Confidential.

I'm remembering a fellow writer today, Dusty, gone from this earth and yet not forgotten. He wrote this comment on my article when it was published elsewhere. Thanks, Dusty. You are missed.


  1. Truly inspirational. I really love that song.

  2. Thank you for dropping by, Rasma. I love that song, too.

  3. That is a beautiful song and this is a very kind tribute to your friend. I am familiar with his writing and did not realize that he has passed. I am so sorry. I'm sure he is smiling down on you each time someone reads this post.

  4. Sheila, thank you for dropping in today and for your sweet words. So sorry about our mutual friend. He was a fine writer full of life's experiences who shared them in fascinating ways. He was quite active in comments on the Emerald Wells stories by our other mutual friend, Mckbirdbks.

  5. Hello Peg. I feel kind of bad. Often I have visited here and found you were still resting, yet today, I see you have found lots of energy to publish. I was enjoying this piece and then when I saw you mention Dusty and presented his comment, I liked it more. He was a man among men, and touched so many of us with his kindness.

    1. Hi Mike, I was missing our friend, Dusty, so when I transferred this article from elsewhere I had to include his thoughts from back then. He was truly one of a kind and added an element of joy and humor wherever he went.
      So glad to see you here and thanks for keeping up with my blog.

  6. Oh this is a delight, dear Peg.
    While I love the Cat Steven's rendition, the one by Art and Diana (which is new to me) is absolutely gorgeous.
    I loved learning about Dusty- reading his words touches my heart.
    Love and hugs, mar

    1. That version of the song was new to me by those artists, too. I loved both of them. Thank you for stopping in, for your comment and for remembering Dusty, our mutual friend. L and H back to you.