Saturday, 15 June 2019

Hiatus and Life in the Trenches

Apologies to my esteemed reader for the lack of updates these past weeks. I plead Real World interruptions including a work trip lasting 12 days. I had intended to write up some posts based on thoughts I'd sketched out before I went away, but I hadn't accounted for how tired I would be in the evenings. I'm still getting back into the swing of things having landed in the UK on Friday following an overnight flight. I'll have a stab at those updates this week.

In the meantime I offer you another musical interlude. This time from the Continuation War of 1941-44. It has strong associations with the Finnish novel 'Tuntematon sotilas' by Väinö Linna (The Unknown Soldier) and films of the same name. I re-read the book (in translation of course) on the trip and it is just as powerful the second time round. If you appreciate All Quiet on the Western Front, I'm sure you'd value this too.

The song has a slow tempo waltz rhythmn, so I'm sure you'll soon be singing along  😉 (words below the description in YouTube) .

Elämää juoksuhaudoissa

There's a beautiful version ont'web by an American of Finnish stock called Diane Järvi. Well worth listening to too in my opinion.

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