Thursday, April 4, 2013

David Gilmour Sings Sonnet 18

"Sonnet 18″ is perhaps the most famous of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets. It was written in about 1595, and most scholars now agree the poem is addressed to a man. The sonnet is composed in iambic pentameter, with three rhymed quatrains followed by a concluding couplet:"

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?Thou art more lovely and more temperate:Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,And summer’s lease hath all too short a date;Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;And every fair from fair sometime declines,By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’dBut thy eternal summer shall not fade,Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st:    So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,    So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Irish Cultural Museum: The Boatman's Ghost

The Boatman's Ghost

I did my first wedding ceremony recently in the new Irish Cultural Museum at 933 Conti St, French Quarter, New Orleans. It has a beautiful patio with all the modern conveniences. A sound and light system,  and a cover that can go over the patio if weather is wet. While speaking with the manager I learned it was once the spot where New Orleans Philanthropist John McDonogh lived. And interestingly a ghost seems to visit the gate early each morning. Seems Mr. McDonogh had a boatman that would pick him up and row him across the river to his plantation there. He liked to travel when he wanted and not wait for the then ferry. The ghost boatman is said to stop by to ask for his pay as it is well known Mr McDonogh kept a lot more money in his pocket then he spent. But thanks to his will New Orleans and Baltimore schools got a windfall with his passing. I am never sure about all the ghosts in the Quarter but I can say this when I am there I see and hear a lot of strange things so I would not doubt if you stop by the gate to 933 Conti right before sun up you would see and hear things there like nowhere else.
Here is their web page with more pictures and details.