(from “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry)
I came across an article on the sister-and-two-brother music group, The Band Perry, on the USA Today website (see article here). On YouTube, I watched their music video, If I Die Young (see video here). It’s an exquisitely visual and lyrical paean to dying young with a lovely fiddle accompaniment. In the video, Kimberly is shown clutching a volume of Tennyson as she floats down a river Lady Shalott-like in a boat with the song ending with a fade-into-focus shot on the book opened to the poem, The Lady of Shalott ( see complete poem here at Poetryfoundation.org. You can see an image of John William Waterhouse’s painting, “The Lady of Shalott” here. ) They describe their sound as “modern throwback” with their roots in traditional country music combined with a modern sensibility.
I dusted off my long-forgotten Wordsworth Poetry Library edition of The Works of Alfred Lord Tennyson, and began to read and savor again the poems of this oft neglected poet.AN ELYSIAN WISH May my lips be ever glistening with the juice of grapes; My days ever filled with the merry sound of a reed. May my heart be ever free from the burden of worldly cares, So I may lightly skip and dance amidst the sun-drenched fields And find repose beneath a shady oak beside a stream To sing my songs of everlasting joy and praise Until the sun goes down and night comes to call me home. ©2011 All Rights Reserved