March 29, 2020
Basically, what I tried to do was write what the music of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" means to me. I don't know German, and the English translation "Joy, Thou Goddess" of Schiller's words seems stiff and stilted, even for a "Goddess worshipper" like me.
Billy Bragg's new lyrics are a worthy attempt, but I wanted my own.
I just wanted some words to which most people could relate. Well, that is my aim. Whether or not I've succeeded won't be known until later in time, when the people then will know more than I.
1. Now is darkness, soon the light comes.
2. Step by step the process daily
Joan Lansberry, 3-29-2020