The loveliest, sweetest flower that bloomed in paradise, and the first that died, has rarely blossomed since on mortal soil. It is so frail, so delicate, a thing, it is gone if it but look upon itself; and she who ventures to esteem it hers proves by that single thought she has it not. Humility - Fry
Today Won't Come Again Monday, November 17, 2008, 11:44 AM GMT [General]
I've had a tune persistently buzzing away inside my brain for the last 8 days and it won't go away.
So now it's your turn.
Although you wouldn't expect the founder member of The Zimmermen to be extolling the virtues of our 'classical' brothers and sisters, least of all the 'youngsters' section, I have to say that the duo vocalizing this song just seem to me to be a credit to their generation. This, and the following points only serve to keep me returning to this clip that I first saw on the telly as part of the British Legion Festival of Remembrance just over a week ago.
The reasons I think this is so good and why I'm tugging on your shirt tail to watch it are as follows:-
This song had not been recorded previously and the event was the first ever public performance of it with the words known only to the writers (Don Black, lyrics, and Geoff Stephens, music), and the two vocalists, Jonathan Ansell and Hayley Westenra.
The music and accompaniment had been arranged for the first time for this festival.
This debut performance itself was being undertaken in front of HM The Queen (and Royal Family).
The enormity of the occasion; with the singers in such a vast auditorium absolutely out on a limb if they blew it at such a major event.
Thanks for the additional help with the lyrics. I have edited "still" into the post, here. Those few words about which there was some doubt appear in red but I have acknowledged within the edit that they are believed to be correct.
There should now be a DVD of this year's Festival of Remembrance available from the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal. Click here for full details.
I've just ordered myself one of these videos but the very nice lady I spoke to was not sure whether or not it is region specific. I suspect not as she told me they have been sent to many other countries including Europe.
I will confirm when mine arrives.
Anyone wishing to order can do so at a cost of £9.99 including postage or equivalent currency value. There would appear to be no additional postage costs for sending abroad.
The link in Richard's post above still works. The lady told me they have a large stock but when they're gone, they're gone!!