We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.
- Arthur O'Shaughnessy
The new year greeted me with crystals and ice.
And gave me time to reflect on the year ahead. The time to build my list of new year's resolutions. A list involving music and dreams, sea-breakers and streams.
O'Shaughnessey's second stanza of Ode states, in essence, that art of any form can build up great cities, the power of a dream can conquer a kingdom, and a new song can replace an old or entrenched art form.
So, in 2009 I resolve to make lots of music, dream millions of dreams, wander miles of lone sea-breakers, sit by an endless number of desolate streams and watch with anticipation the great movers and shakers of 2009 who will shape the course of history in the year ahead.
Welcome new year.