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The Intersection of Science, Art, Music & Humanities

You Must Believe in Spring

Saturday, April 01, 2017

April is the cruellest month,
  Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
 —T.S. Eliot

Because spring came early this year, and because April is National Poetry Month, we will feature one great piece of verse as we celebrate spring every Sunday this month. 

Does the economy of Eliot's words from his long poem titled The Waste Land speak to our conflicted response to filing our taxes or the temporal hope of new life and love that we hope spring will evoke—or both?

Today's Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities also features memorable footage from the classic movie The Way We Were as Barbra Streisand sings a featured song from the movie score, "You Must Believe in Spring."

The movie, starring Streisand and Robert Redford is one of the early 1970's greatest romances wrapped around the turbulent fascist politics of the 1930's and 1940's, McCarthyism and the House Un-American Activities of the 1940's and 1950's. 

The Academy Award-winning Michel Legrand score and the Marilyn and Alan Bergman poetic lyrics have both become music standards included in the Great American Songbook. This lyric is almost guaranteed to create a cellular reaction for every listener, including a few tears.

When memories are too painful to remember, do we simply choose to forget? 

Have a thoughtful Sunday morning listening to today's featured music.

Ellen Troyer with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff

I feel I would be remiss if I did not also suggest another favorite version of this lovely tune by Tony Bennett and Bill Evans for our Sunday Morning jazz fans. It's an example of Evans's stunning music in the silence between his notes.