Monday, January 25, 2021

The Duchess of Cornwall reads "My Heart's in the Highlands" on Robbie Burns' birthday.

I've been all over trying to find a video to show you here, but this is the best I can do. I so hope it will work. It is also on Facebook if you are there.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CKeso1nAvIN/

The Duchess of Cornwall reads Robert Burns' "My Heart's in the Highlands". He was born 262 years ago today.

There's a nice piece about him here

Tom and I drove to Cambridge, Massachusetts many years ago in a snowstorm driving a red Dodge truck to go to a "Burns' Night". It was great fun. In those days, we were big fans of Jean Redpath. She was there, as was Norman Kennedy. The host was Robert J. Lurtsema, who I wrote about on the blog here. In fact, someone commented on that post just last month!! It warmed my heart. I just reread it and saw that I had mentioned the Burns' Night, and the red truck!

11 comments:

  1. Memories...when I worked in the Sahara, my regular crew included several Scotsmen, and over the years I was lucky enough to "attend" Burns night in the dessert with those guys several times. Good times, for sure.

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  2. I can't find a video I'm allowed to watch! The Duchess has a very nice voice, I think, so I imagine it's a good reading.

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  3. I used to have Scottish friends who lived nearby; we never let Burns Night pass without a dram or two!

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  4. I listened to it yesterday on Instagram and to Prince Charles reciting the lines of Auld Lang Syne and loved both--listened to him twice! I am so glad you once mentioned following them as I've enjoyed the whole Royal family ever since I found them there. I saw other Burns Night posts on IG from the UK yesterday and it made me wish I could be at one. How fabulous that you and Tom once had that pleasure!

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    1. It is fun following the Royals. You really see how much work they do!

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  5. We lived in Lancaster, MA from 1977-1980--my introduction to Public Radio and Television out of Boston. Robert J. was a favorite. We returned to Vermont in 1980 at which time VPR had come on the air. Robert J. performed with the VSO in Burlington one Christmas--and we were able to get last minute seats. A memorable person.
    Jean Redpath was also a wonderful artist. I unearthed one of her CD's yesterday to listen to while sewing.
    Throughout the 80's and into the 90's VPR had exemplary musical programing. During our WY years the mountain ranges kept the available NPR stations from coming in clearly.
    Now--as mentioned, the programing has changed and I've not had the radio on in years!

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    1. Thank you for all this. It was wonderful to read.

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  6. We usually listened to WCRB instead (although it has fallen on evil days; my mother can barely listen now without muttering at the mistakes the announcers make and says they select short pieces because they think listeners can't handle a symphony) but a friend of my mother's worked or maybe volunteered for Robert J, as I recall, and had fun with him.

    Surprisingly, I was unfamiliar with Burns Night until I saw the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expressing sorrow that celebrations were limited this year. Thanks for sharing!

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