The Live You Give: Yukio Mishima *1925

Mishima Yukio, born Hiraoka Kimitake, January 14 1925 in Tokyo, Japan, was a prolific writer who is regarded by many critics as the most important Japanese novelist of the 20th century.Mishima was the son of a high civil servant and attended the aristocratic Peers School in Tokyo. During World War II, having failed to qualify… Continue reading The Live You Give: Yukio Mishima *1925

The Life You Give: J.R.R. Tolkien *1892

J.R.R. Tolkien, born John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, January 3 1892, in Bloemfontein, South Africa, is the English writer and scholar who achieved fame with his children’s book The Hobbit (1937) and his richly inventive epic fantasy The Lord of the Rings (1954–55).At age four Tolkien, with his mother and younger brother, settled near Birmingham, England,… Continue reading The Life You Give: J.R.R. Tolkien *1892

Celebration Day I: January 1 2022 — Happy Birthday, Edmund Burke *1.1.1729

Edmund Burke, born January 1, [Old Style], 1729, in Dublin, Ireland, was statesman, parliamentary orator, and political thinker prominent in public life from 1765 to about 1795 and important in the history of political theory. He championed conservatism in opposition to Jacobinism in Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790).Early lifeBurke, the son of a… Continue reading Celebration Day I: January 1 2022 — Happy Birthday, Edmund Burke *1.1.1729

The Life You Give: Edgard Varèse *1883

Edgard Varèse, born Edgar Varèse on Dec. 22, 1883, in Paris, France, was a composer and innovator in 20th-century techniques of sound production.Varèse spent his boyhood in Paris, Burgundy, and Turin, Italy. After composing without formal instruction as a youth, he later studied under Vincent d’Indy, Albert Roussel, and Charles Widor and was strongly encouraged… Continue reading The Life You Give: Edgard Varèse *1883

The Life You Give: Marina Abramović *1946

Marina Abramović, born November 30, 1946, in Belgrade, Yugoslavia [now in Serbia]), is a performance artist known for works that dramatically tested the endurance and limitations of her own body and mind. Abramović was raised in Yugoslavia by parents who fought as Partisans in World War II and were later employed in the communist government… Continue reading The Life You Give: Marina Abramović *1946

The Life You Give: Gaetano Donizetti *1797

Gaetano Donizetti, born on Nov. 29, 1797, in Bergamo, Cisalpine Republic, was an Italian opera composer whose numerous operas in both Italian and French represent a transitional stage in operatic development between Rossini and Verdi. Among his major works are Lucia di Lammermoor (1835), La fille du régiment (1840), and La favorite (1840). In his… Continue reading The Life You Give: Gaetano Donizetti *1797

The Life You Give: William Blake! *1757

William Blake, born Nov. 28, 1757, in London, England, was engraver, artist, poet, and visionary, author of exquisite lyrics in Songs of Innocence (1789) and Songs of Experience (1794) and profound and difficult “prophecies,” such as Visions of the Daughters of Albion (1793), The First Book of Urizen (1794), Milton (1804[–?11]), and Jerusalem (1804[–?20]). These… Continue reading The Life You Give: William Blake! *1757

I

That is the selfSimpleSingularMajusculeQuite a featIn the mind with the English tonguewriting it displays a highly concerted and concentrated effortIn that which I prepare to drink or eatand in how I drink or eat itIn the sounds with timing I wish to composethe words I conveyeither for poetryor conversation In the frames I freeze through… Continue reading I

Happy Birthday, Frida Kahlo!

Celebrate with us the life of who remains a popular and impressive figure, appreciated for her presence, as woman, as artist, even today — seven decades after her death. The painter Frida Kahlo was born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón, on July 6 1907, in Coyoacán, Mexico. Join us in celebration of her wonderful… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Frida Kahlo!

February 13 1883

Around three in the afternoon, one hundred and thirty-eight years ago today, Dr. Friedrich Keppler established that the great master did not survive a heart attack. Friedrich Nietzsche completed the first part of his Thus Spoke Zarathustra in the “sacred hour of Wagner's death”. After reading the news in the papers the next morning, he… Continue reading February 13 1883

Celebration Day — fourteen / Yukio Mishima

In 1925, on this day, January 14, the novelist Yukio Mishima was born as Kimitake Hiroaka, in Nagazumi-cho 2-chome, Yotsuya-ku, Tokyo City, Tokyo Prefecture, Empire of Japan In 1982, a Cutty Sark ad with a portrait of Philip Glass caught my eye. In his hand he held a bunch of music notes, and in the… Continue reading Celebration Day — fourteen / Yukio Mishima

A Requiem on Arrival

What happens to a newborn when touched, impressed, moved by the depth of music but without the release of tears? Where does the intensity land?

One Hundred Days

Thank you! To the several hundreds that have graced me as my readership of many topics and expression styles during the last one hundred days, I thank you. On August twenty-eighth of two thousand and twenty, I posted in silablume.life for the very first time, and I sincerely thank you for being my audience. My… Continue reading One Hundred Days

Personal Lexicon

Love During moments of intensity, when I witness utter sensitivity and perception levels, and life seems to be the pure, wild, lively, all encompassing depth of the ocean: that is when love, as essence and as gift, becomes the most self evident reality.Sila Blume, 9/2020 Photo: Aristolochia gigantea (Riesen Pfeifenblume)