Brian G.


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Gather ye Rosebuds (aka "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time") - Fretted Dulcimer

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Duration: 00:02:05
A pretty little tune with lyrics written by Robert Herrick (15911674) and published in 1648 in a collection of poems called Hesperides. I threw in a little "Come by the Hills" at the end in a moment of spontaneity. :)
Brian G.
04/17/15 06:57:28AM @brian-g:

Hi Lexie and Lindy! Thank you for your kind comments. Lindy, I will check this weekend to see if I still have music for this, and whether it's copyrighted. If not, I will send it to you.

Lexie R Oakley
04/16/15 11:43:52AM @lexie-r-oakley:

Brian very beautifully played.

Brian G.
02/16/15 07:53:46AM @brian-g:

Thanks Mandy! :)

02/15/15 04:59:07PM @mandy:

Awesome as usual there Brian! Very soothing.

Brian G.
02/14/15 06:03:28PM @brian-g:

Thank you Gary!

Gary McNaughton
02/14/15 02:41:42PM @gary-mcnaughton:
Lovley music Brian!
Dusty Turtle
02/14/15 11:35:13AM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks for the article link, Brian. I hadn't realized how common this theme was in sixteenth century literature. The twist in these poems of the carpe diem theme is that the argument is used for seduction, and the suggestion is that the young virgin should have sex with the poet because her youth and beauty are ephemeral, so soon she will be old and ugly (and presumably the poet would not want her then). I can't imagine saying that to someone today.

Brian G.
02/14/15 07:06:23AM @brian-g:

Hi Christine and Dusty! Thank you so much for your very generous comments. I'm glad you enjoyed the tunes. :)

Dusty - yes, there's an entire genre of these "carpe diem" poems. You might be interested in the following article also:

Dusty Turtle
02/14/15 02:52:01AM @dusty-turtle:

That's real nice, Brian. You have a seductive, lilting rhythm with this tune that's really sweet. And I would also suggest that your playing here is a good lesson on how to find melodies out of left hand chord positions. You precise playing is a model for us all to follow.77.gif

I've know this poem for ages but didn't know someone had put it to music. There's another famous poem by Ronsard that says the same thing and also uses the metaphor of a flower (Mignonne, allons voir si la rose/Qui ce matin avait declose . . .). I find it funny that these Renaissance poets could write words that we would get in trouble for saying today. 68.gif

Christine Shoemaker
02/13/15 09:03:23PM @christine-shoemaker:

Very, very nice Brian. Great piece and beautifully played! 41.gif

Brian G.
02/02/15 04:02:55PM @brian-g:

Thank you Patty! :)

Patty from Virginia
02/02/15 09:39:19AM @patty-from-virginia:

Beautiful playing Brian. I saw this on FB when Wayne posted it. I'm glad you have time to share your music with us. Thanks!!!

Brian G.
02/01/15 11:44:21PM @brian-g:

Hi Lexie, Janene, Ken, Gail and Ken! Thank you so much for your kind comments. I really appreciate you taking the time to have a listen, and I'm glad you liked the tunes. :)

Ken Longfield
02/01/15 03:53:43PM @ken-longfield:
Very nice, Brian. I enjoyed the tunes and your smooth playing makes them sound lovely. Thanks for sharing.Ken"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
Gail Webber
02/01/15 01:39:31PM @gail-webber:

That was very nice, Brian. Your playing is always wonderful.

Ken Backer
02/01/15 01:27:51PM @ken-backer:

Lovely, nice feel, and well played Brian. Thanks for posting, interesting title...

Janene Millen
02/01/15 12:46:41PM @janene-millen:

I enjoyed this Brian...and I always enjoy it when a song sends me on a google hunt. Hard to find this tune even on YouTube, plenty on the poetry though. Have to do some more research. Your bit of spontaneity fit in beautifully too.

Lexie R Oakley
02/01/15 11:04:34AM @lexie-r-oakley:

Really pretty Brian, thank you for playing us that song.Grin.gif

Brian G.
02/01/15 09:18:47AM @brian-g:
Thank you, Lynn, for listening and commenting! :)
Lynn austin
02/01/15 08:11:37AM @lynn-austin:
Brian, that was lovely...your dulcimer has a very nice mellow tone. Thanks for sharing!