Thursday, 8 October 2020

Suo Gân


Thanks to Cro for this video.
He posted it this morning.
I have shamelessly stolen it this afternoon
Suo Gân is perhaps the most lovely of Welsh lullabies

It’s final verse talks about not being fearful 
Do not fear it’s only a leaf beating at the door
Do not fear it’s only a small wave that murmurs on the seashore

I have my own personal connection with this piece of music as I now always associate it with my hospice Work 
I’ve posted this before but I think it’s worth repeating but last winter as I was writing up notes after a particularly busy shift one of my fellow nurses, a welsh speaker started to sing the lullaby gently to herself as she completed her paperwork . From across the ward another Welsh speaking nurse suddenly joined in and as soprano and Alto they sang Suo Gân together quite beautifully

The lullaby wafting through the quiet rooms and corridors like a warm hand

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  1. Beautiful and what a lovely memory to have, in the corridors it must have sounded like church. A warm hand and hug, indeed.

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    1. Yes , the place has the feel of a church sometimes the ceilings are high and vaulted over the corridors

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  2. I learned to play this lullaby on my recorder when I was an adolescent so many, many years ago. I have loved it ever since! Thanks for this beautiful video!

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  3. Barbara Anne3:24 pm

    What a lovely piece of music, beautiful voices, and a sweet memory of it being sung last winter at the hospice. Indeed, it's like a warm hug. Ta!

    Hugs!

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  4. It is a very beautiful piece John; I have it saved to my playlist as this young man has a superb voice. Nearly bought me to tears listening to it and reminded me of my Dad. I bet hearing the nurses sing together was very soothing and cathartic. Sometimes music expresses things that mere words cannot convey. Tricia x

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  5. It's beautiful, John. Maybe young Jamie can put it in your choir playlist. You could join the other nurses on night shift singing to your patients and yourselves.

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    1. I doubt we can do it justice , and there is not much of a role for a bass like me

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  6. That's IT. The melody I've remembered for.ev.er from Empire of the Sun but did not know it's name. Thanks for posting!

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  7. Thank you John, thank you Cro.

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  8. A warm hand and a great comfort John.

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  9. I was in hospital one December and in the early evening the high school chamber choir sang in the hallway. It was a wonderful moment hearing those voices like angels.
    Maybe you nurses should sing more often in the hospice hallways.

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    1. I think you are right we all should sing more

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  10. I have a friend who is an artist. She is also a harpist and plays for the hospice patients. In case no one has said this thing to you, I say it now: Hospice work is an amazing, amazing gift to the world. The moment of death is as holy as the moment of birth. You have reached out and touched God in your work. I am sure of it.

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    1. This made me cry Debby..as did the Lullaby.

      Jo in Auckland

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  11. Lovely...even my dog who has been whimpering all day (having had two teeth taken out yesterday), is lying peacefully, apparently listening. There is something magical about children performing music, when you can see they love it. Try this video, (but start at 5 mins 20 sec to avoid the modern study at the beginning!),
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WT9jOZLFaEY

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  12. Oh, how lovely John .... that must have been a beautiful moment. XXXX

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    1. It stays with me , as such moments do
      I don’t want to forget it

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  13. Yes, I enjoyed it on Cro's blog this morning, as well. Can't understand a word of it, however, the music and the young man's voice is beautiful!

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  14. Thanks for sharing this lovely rendition I have a few of Cai Thomas songs bookmarked but this is my favourite, I remember your post from last year it touched me deeply then as it does now John.

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  15. Always a pleasant and heartwarming surprise here - it's perfectly beautiful. Had to look up the words in English:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suo_G%C3%A2n What a wonderful talent. Thanks so much, you've made my day again!♥

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    1. The words are lyrical and so pertinent to today

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  16. Heidi8:43 pm

    This was lovely, I'd heard Charlotte Church sing it but this was more beautiful, he has a wonderful voice. I remember your post about it at the hospice too.
    I'll remember the lines about not being fearful, although it's hard in these strange pandemic times and my new aloneness, I really think putting someone in care is worse than the grief of them dying. After death you can grieve and get on with life instead of this all consuming grief of the continuance of being apart. Near but no longer with me and a constant worry about how he is and are they being kind to him.
    I hope you're feeling better after your sadness.
    Peace and love to you.

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    1. Heidi your story has really touched me. I have worked in care homes and for the most part the carers really do want to care for your loved ones as we would care for our own. I am sorry you are feeling alone I can understand it is a type of grief of things past. May you find some peace in it all. Hugs

      Jo in Auckland

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    2. I hope the words of Suo Gân can comfort,
      I find them comforting x

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    3. Thank you JO and John, your kindness is appreciated.

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  17. Very touching; he has a wonderful voice.

    Jo in Auckland

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  18. The lad has a lovely voice.

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  19. Simply wonderful, rest well, and fear not,

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  20. countrygal9:42 pm

    A beautiful song, thank you.

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  21. Lovely music and memory

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  22. Quite lovely, John. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. John,
    You always post the best videos. I needed to hear this tonight. I love the innocent voices of children. Thank you.

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  24. Beautiful tune, beautifully sung. Thank you...

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  25. It's an extremely emotional song; made even better by that wonderful voice.

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  26. I've listened to this absolutely beautiful version of Suo Gân over and over. I needed that bit of beauty and peace. Thanks so much for sharing! Have you heard Bryn Terfel sing it? Another of my favorites.

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  27. Perhaps Nightingales x

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  28. Thank you for this.

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  29. Thank you, so comforting even if one doesn't understand the words. And I love the oversized shirt on that young man, lol, made me smile.

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  30. Thank you for this post. It sent me 25 years back in time to when my daughter sang in a choir. I watched giggly, laughing children enter the rehearsal room. After a few warm up exercises, it sounded like angels were singing in there. That, like this video, would bring me to the edge of tears.

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