Each week the programme examines some of the larger questions of life, taking a spiritual theme and exploring it through music, prose and poetry.
Programme details: Sunday 4th January 2009
Is This The Way?
Today’s programme was presented by Mark Tully
The readers were Andrew Sachs, Emily Raymond and Frank Stirling
Readings and Music
Music 1: ‘Autobahn’ performed by Kraftwerk from the album ‘Autobahn’. Released by Vertigo.
Reading 1: ‘The Curse of SatNav: On a Road to Nowhere…’ written by Michael Bywater. Published in The Independent on 9th April 2008.
Music 2:‘The Voyage Begins’ (from the Christopher Columbus Suite) written by Arthur Bliss, performed by the Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava) on the CD ‘Bliss: Film Music’. Released by Marco Polo.
Reading 2: ‘Looking at a Map’ by Dannie Abse from ‘Selected Poems’. Published by Penguin.
Music 3: ’10,000 Miles’ performed by Mary-Chapin Carpenter from the album ‘Party Doll and Other Favourites’. Released by Columbia.
Reading 3: ‘The Journeys of Celia Fiennes’ written by Celia Fiennes. Published by The Cresset Press.
Music 4: ’38 Miles’ performed by Ember from the album ‘Land Under Water’. Released by Salt and Slate Records.
Reading 4: ‘Directions’ written by RS Thomas from the book ‘Selected Poems’. Published by Penguin.
Music 5: ‘Entry of the Three Kings’ composed by John Gardner performed by the Monteverdi Choir on the CD ‘Once As I Remember…’. Released by Decca.
Reading 5: ‘Interrogating the Abyss’ written by Victoria Field from the book ‘Many Waters’. Published by Fal Publications.
Reading 6: ‘A Guide for the Perplexed’ written by EF Schumacher. Published by Vintage.
Music 6: ‘Caravanne’ performed by Duke Ellington on the CD ‘Duke Ellington and His Orchestra feat. Paul Gonsalves’. Release by Fantasy.
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