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The Song Inside

Melissa Viney reflects on people's fear of going to 'their graves with their songs inside them'.

Inspired by words attributed to Henry Thoreau, Melissa Viney reflects on the fear some people have of leading 'lives of quiet desperation' and going to their graves 'with their songs inside them'.

She draws on readings from Raymond Carver, Mary Oliver and Martha Graham, a comedy routine by Dylan Moran, music by Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Brahms, and an interview with the poet Ruth Sharman.

Produced by Alan Hall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

30 minutes

Last on

Sun 18 Jan 2015 23:30

Music Played

  • Pink Floyd


    • Dark Side of the Moon.
    • Capitol.
  • The The

    This is the Day

    • Soul Mining.
    • Sony.
  • Talking Heads

    Once in a Lifetime

    • Best of Talking Heads.
    • EMI.
  • Ethan Lipton & Christopher Ferreira

    Song Inside

    • The Shift (soundtrack).
    • Hay House.
  • Minna Keal

    Symphony Op. 3

    Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Nicholas Cleobury (conductor).
    • A Life in Reverse.
    • Lorelt.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Concerto in D minor after Alessandro Marcello, BWV 974 – 2nd mvt

    Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano).
    • Ashkenazy-Bach.
    • Decca.
  • Paul Williams

    You Give a Little Love

    • Bugsy Malone (soundtrack).
    • Polydor.


Poem: Gravy (from ‘A New Path to the Waterfall’)
Author: Raymond Carver


Title: Potential (Monster)
Author: Dylan Moran


Poem: The Journey
Author: Mary Oliver


Title: Little Gidding (extract)
Author: TS Eliot


Title: There is a vitality …
Author: Martha Graham


Poem: Love That Pink
Author: Ruth Sharman


  • Sun 18 Jan 2015 06:05
  • Sun 18 Jan 2015 23:30