Celeste

Tonight I’m revisiting the 2020 Brian and Roger Eno album, Mixing Colours. The album has been on my mind again lately, and later today, as I travelled through the various aspects of the day. (Please see my previous thoughts about the album, Brian Eno and his musical roots, in my posts on the pieces “Ultramarine” and “Blonde.”)

Today has been a very busy, full day with an important meeting in the morning, errands and a quick lunch, then caring for our grandson while his parents took on some commitments and errands. Then Sweety and I were grocery shopping, and home to finish making a birthday dinner that I started last night for our youngest lad, whose birthday we’re finally getting to be together to celebrate tomorrow. After that it was dinner and then a wonderful and soulful Zoom call with some men I know from here and away.

Brian Eno was also a participant in a recent Salon London talk on the book The Good Ancestor, with author Roman Krzarnic, along with Kate Raworth, an economist (and the author’s wife). The talk was worthwhile and relevant, and relates to some of the things we men were discussing on our Zoom call tonight. Unfortunately, Eno was having connection problems so his comments couldn’t be made out much of the time; I was looking forward to hearing his wisdom on the topic. Nonetheless, I’m intrigued by the premise of the book and its call for long-term thinking.

Tonight, an ambient piece like “Celeste” seems to fit the mood and the need for a bit of stillness after much busy-ness in the day (all of it good) Celeste is Spanish for turquoise blue, which the label Deutsche Grammophon calls an inference to the album title.

Tonight’s piece has soothing melodies, along with more complex passages that seem perfect for the day, especially the interaction with the youngest of us, and talking with others about our later years and memories of youthfulness and the things we’ve all learned on our long journeys so far. I find there’s contemplation, wonder and hope in the piece, mirroring life; it’s pleasing to listen to.

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the official video for the song from Deutsche Grammophon’s YouTube channel; like some others on the album, it appears to be filmed from the vantage point of a train window. There’s a faint ground fog that adds a little magic to the beauty.

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