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1 revolution. 0 bullets. infinite joy.

As an emissary of the power of the love, today the wordARTist celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Growing up during the Cold War, I remember President Kennedy’s speech on our black-and-white TV, the weird knowledge that in a single city, far far away, a gigantic wall divided its citizens…things that only grownups, perhaps, could understand.

What I never imagined was that this seemingly permanent fixture of our psychic landscape could ever crumble. Much less without bullets–in a frenzy of dancing and kissing and love, an amazing example of humanity coming together in pure joy.

Ten years ago I visited Berlin. A museum of human rights at what used to be Checkpoint Charlie documents thousands of attempts of East Germans to escape. I was moved by the fierce determination of people to be free. But what really cracked my heart open was walking the streets of a neighborhood where a fragment of the Wall still existed. There it was, a marker, like the WWII bullet holes the British left on the sides of the Victoria & Albert Museum or the memorial that currently stands at Auschwitz…lest we forget.

Naturally the fall of the Wall inspired all sorts of creative expression. Here are some that I like.

The New York Times invited nine major poets from Eastern Europe, the U.S., Russia and Germany to write new poems inspired by the twentieth anniversary of the Wall’s demise.

David Lanz’s piano piece “Dancing on the Berlin Wall”:

A goofylicious guy thang:

And visual artist¬†Christoph Niemann‘s poignant personal take on the Wall today, a narrative in words and woven paper in his New York Times blog Abstract City:

Christoph Niemann - Over the Wall

and the angels sing

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Belgian composer Lucien Posman–whom I cited in a post below, about artists who have been inspired by the poet William Blake–has written more than three hours of music set to Blake’s texts. He invited me to share his composition “To Morning,”¬†which he wrote for a choir of three women to sing to Blake’s poem:

O holy virgin! clad in purest white,

Unlock heaven’s golden gates, and issue forth;

Awake the dawn that sleeps in heaven; let light

Rise from the chambers of the east, and bring

The honey’d dew that cometh on waking day.

O radiant morning, salute the sun

Roused like a huntsman to the chase, and with

Thy buskin’d feet appear upon our hills.

O radiant morning, appear on our hills.

Lucien accompanied his beautiful song with a wry note: “Most of my music is contemporary modern classic music, the kind of music people don’t listen to.:)” Let’s prove him wrong, shall we?

(Artwork: Jacob’s Ladder by William Blake, from Photobucket.com.)