“I want to make Romeo jealous. I want the dead lovers of the world to hear our laughter and grow sad. I want a breath of our passion to stir their dust into consciousness, to wake their ashes into pain.”
There was a man, a very untidy man. Whose fingers could nowhere be found to put in his tomb. He had rolled his head far underneath the bed. He had left his legs and arms lying all over the room. Mother Goose
Funeral Procession of K is a 2 volume psychological, mystery drama by Kusumoto Maki.
By the well in front of the (village) gate there stands a linden tree; I dreamt in its shade many a sweet dream.
I carved in its bark many a word of love; in joy and in sorrow it drew me ever to it
Once more today I had to wander past it in the dead of night, and even in the darkness I closed my eyes (rested and dreamt).
And its branches rustled as if they were calling to me ‘Come here to me, friend, here you will find your rest’
The cold winds blew straight into my face, my hat flew from my head, but I did not turn around.
Now I am many hours’ journey away from that place; but still I hear the rustling: ‘You would find rest there!’
Ian seems to sing this song to Jeremy in an early volume of the series.
Der Lindenbaum is the best known piece of 24 from the song cycle Der Winterreise (Winter Journey) by Schubert, adapted from Müller’s poems. It tells about the snow-bound wanderings of an outcast whose love has been rejected.
In romantic literature, the linden tree is often a symbol of home and safety. In germanic mythology, it is a symbol of peace, truth and justice, it’s associated with Freyja, the motherly goddess of truth and love. It’s said that it’s not possible to lie while standing under its shade.
We watch Jeremy’s inner life becoming a deep, wild forest as the story grows darker… as if this forest represented secrecy, trees surrounded by creepers… anxiety.
It’s a very beautiful song… and I think it fits this story quite perfectly. The singing is very intense, both bright and dark. To my unaccustomed ears, it was a little difficult to listen at first… well, it’s german singing about dramatic emotions, so it probably cannot be very sweet. Nevertheless, I found this version which to me seems lighter, gentler… and this one with cello instead of the singing voice is the one I like best…Imagine the final panels, the piano, a trace of leaves scattered in the river… the wind…