13 October 2010

pearls

I have not quite been able to get to the bottom of the suggestion that pearls are for tears and that they are unlucky for brides for the explanations are unclear. Personally I would rather eschew matrimony than give up pearls.

Just after I took these photos tonight I heard on Front Row (20 minutes in) a report on the sound installation Surround Me: A Song Cycle for the City of London by Susan Phillipsz, with recordings of her singing Elizabethan songs in six locations around the City of London. There was a short extract of New Oysters, to be heard in Change Alley;  and two other recordings are John Dowland's Flow of Tears, to be found under London Bridge, and Lachrimae or Seaven Teares in Milk Street.  Very apposite.  I shall make sure I am wearing pearls when I hear them.

7 comments:

Liz said...

I love pearls, too. Wish I lived nearer to London to hear the song cycle.

knit nurse said...

I heard that piece too, it inspired me to put it in my diary for a forthcoming weekend treat. Even on radio it sent a shiver down my spine.

jane said...

beautiful purls!
i have so missed radio 4- much catching up to do! That piece sounds so interesting!

jane said...

haha - think I've got knitting on the brain! Clearly I meant PEARLS not purls, although the latter are just as lovely.

Rattling On said...

I have some lovely pearls bought by MrH. I had pearl buttons (pots and lots) on my wedding dress, didn't know the superstition but it wouldn't have changed anything!

colleen said...

The second picture is of a necklace my friend Marlene made and is known as Knot one, Pearl One - the confusion with knits and purls is understandable...

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Oh , I like the sound of that. Time permitting , I'll try to catch a bit , at least .
Thankyou !!