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After Larry Beckett (see the Beckett Songbook on this site) and I got to know one another, he wrote this text specifically for me and I set it to music with the assistance of Rudiger Oppermann (harp) and Ben Trawinski (double bass).

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I heard you play the song of songs
once, on your disillusioned lute,
out of the windows of the moon
I had to shoot.

Why was I ever born,
I ask the thorn.
Heaven only knows,
answers the rose.

I rode Apollo and in vain:
not you, only the desolate shore;
I wavered like the light of earth
and the old war.

Why are the waters torn,
I ask the thorn.
Because the white moon glows,
answers the rose.

Though the moon Is in memory,
the smoke of kisses is returning
oh, to the alphabet of fire,
and I am burning.

Why am I made to mourn,
I ask the thorn.
We love what comes and goes,
answers the rose.

Why was I ever born,
I ask the thorn.
Heaven only knows,
answers the rose.

We love what comes and goes,
answers the rose.

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from Rudiger Oppermann's Klangwelten & Sommermusikfest, Germany​/​France 2002 - 2014, released October 29, 2013
words: Larry Beckett, music: Diana Trimble
arr: Rudiger Oppermann
recorded at Kai Schultz's KATAPULT studios in Karlsruhe, Germany

Rudiger Oppermann - Celtic harp
Ben Tai Trawinski - double bass
Diana Trimble - voice

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Diana Rosalind New Orleans, Louisiana

After being discovered by Bobby McFerrin as a young vocal improviser in San Francisco, I spent some years writing and performing with ensembles that remain important in the history of Bay Area arts, then did time tangling with the music biz in LA & NYC, followed by a decade in Europe, recording all the while, before coming "home" to NOLA. This is a partial musical record of that journey. ... more

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