Saturday, 1 September 2012


“There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.” - Martin Luther
A very special Saturday today with brilliant sunshine, Spring fragrances, unfurling buds and a perfect setting for a very special celebration. The first day of Spring, a blue moon and the coming together with friends and family to mark together a major landmark in two lives is always guaranteed to generate a mixture of feelings. Smiles and laughter, a few tears, good fellowship and the sharing of a meal…
Here is a special song, one of my favourites from the pen of Sting: “The Secret Marriage”. Sting explains in the insert of the album that the song is based on a melody from Hans Eisler - a colleague of Bertold Brecht. Eisler fled to America from the Nazis who apparently hounded him for rest of his life in various disguises.
Sting says of this song: “The song is about the inner joining of two people without the official sanction of the church or state. The Secret Marriage is my way of trying to justify or rationalize why I wasn’t married to the woman I had lived with for 10 years. My justification was that we were already married in a way that we expressed our vows to each other every day, but not in a big public ceremony. It was until our kids got to around the age of 9 or 10 that they needed to have some sort of public demonstration that we were married, and it was their idea that we got married in a public way. Our marriage is a secret no longer.”

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