New Releases, Part II

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Host Bill McGlaughlin offers up new releases, featuring offerings from Lang Lang, Emanuel Ax, Paul Moravec and the Debussy Preludes, for trumpet and rhythm section.

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Only in New York!

An hour ago,I left Shakespeare's bookstore on Lower Broadway in the Village, where I bought a book of paperdoll cut-outs for my friend's little daughter. The book, entitled "Goddesses--Paper Dolls," by Renee McElwee, portrays various goddesses from around the world and their native costumes. As I was listening to WQXR, I'd just turned the last page, reading about Yemaya, West African Goddess; then Bill started
speaking of the Brazilian tradition which extolls this very deity. He began playing the very enchanting, excellent music and spoken word which was just aired. It was amazing! My ears were mystified by the hypnotic sounds as I read the following text:
..."Often depicted in the form of a mermaid or as a beautiful woman standing amidst the waves, the West African goddess Yemaya is associated with the ocean, the moon, and the feminine mysteries. Her name is a contraction of Yey Omo Eja, which means "Mother Whose Children are the Fish." As all life is thought to have begun in the sea, all life is believed to have begun with Yemaya."

Instantly, I could not help but think of the similarities between Yemaya and the Christian mother of God, Mary...Is not Jesus often symbolized by,and/ or associated with the Fish? Is not "Maia", "Maya" and "Mary" associated with the Earth Mother/ Sea Mother--her many derivations--Le Mer, Le Mare,etc? And then Bill began speaking of the Brazilian association between Yemaya and the Christian Virgin Mother of Jesus....

These are the ironic, beloved, and precious moments which transcend mere coincidence.
This is true synchronicity, spiritual as well as artistic energy, as profoundly explained by Carl Jung.
Thank you, Bill, and WQXR, for again making my day;
Thank you, Renee McElwee, for the lovely book;
Thank you, New York City, for being the greatest city in the world, the astounding gift that you are. You never cease to amaze me.
Thank you Yemaya, Mother Mary, for giving birth to Jesus and such an astoundng universe.

Jul. 26 2013 11:20 PM

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