It's June 14th again ~ Rory's Anniversary

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Re: It's June 14th again ~ Rory's Anniversary

Postby ailish78 » 14 Jun 2016, 14:45

When I was thinking about Rory on this day, I thought about sonnet 74 by Shakespeare:

But be contented when that fell arrest
Without all bail shall carry me away;
My life hath in this line some interest,
Which for memorial still with thee shall stay.
When thou reviewest this, thou dost review
The very part was consecrate to thee.
The earth can have but earth, which is his due;
My spirit is thine, the better part of me.
So then thou hast but lost the dregs of life,
The prey of worms, my body being dead,
The coward conquest of a wretch’s knife,
Too base of thee to be rememb’red.
  The worth of that is that which it contains,
  And that is this, and this with thee remains.

I found a modern translation of it on the No Fear Shakespeare website.

Here it is:

(Continuing from Sonnet 73) But don’t be upset when death arrives to carry me off where no one can release me. My life will continue to some extent in these lines, which you’ll always have to remember me by. When you reread this, you’ll be seeing again the precise part of me that was dedicated to you. The earth can only have the earthly part of me, which is what belongs to it. My spirit, the better part of me, is yours. So when I’m dead you’ll have only my body—the dregs of my life, the part that worms eat, the only part of me that cowardly, wretched death could kill, the part that’s too worthless for you to remember. What gives my body its worth is the spirit it contains, and that spirit is this poem, and this poem will remain with you.

This of course is referring to Shakespeare himself, but if you replace the reference to 'verse' with that of 'music', it can certainly be used for Rory. His music keeps his spirit alive, so we should not mourn him any longer. We should celebrate the music that he left behind for us as a token of his love and appreciation for all of his fans.

I will be in Cork on Thursday and I am certainly going to visit his graveside. I'm sure it will be quite emotional for me. It will be my first time visiting Cork.
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Re: It's June 14th again ~ Rory's Anniversary

Postby Irishcelticgirl » 14 Jun 2016, 16:14


Think of this poem by Mary Frye, when you are at St Oliver's, Ailish.

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep. 
I am a thousand winds that blow. 
I am the diamond glint on snow. 
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain. 
When you wake in the morning hush, 
I am the swift, uplifting rush 
Of quiet birds in circling flight. 
I am the soft starlight at night. 
Do not stand at my grave and weep. 
I am not there, I do not sleep. 
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die
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Re: It's June 14th again ~ Rory's Anniversary

Postby CiaSeattle » 14 Jun 2016, 16:44

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"Death is not the end. Death can never be the end.

Death is the road. Life is the traveller. The soul is the guide."

– Sri Chinmoy

Rory's spirit goes on forever, in his music and the hearts of those who love him.
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Re: It's June 14th again ~ Rory's Anniversary

Postby SUBY1974 » 14 Jun 2016, 20:24

The Strat

I stand on the Cliffs of Mohar,
Green emerald isle of the sea,
Hearing the ocean crash,
Beautiful notes on a Fend Strat.

She appears in my arms,
His face in the sky,
Celtic long darked haired prince,
Of rock royal blood,
Watching with warm blue eyes.

I hold her close,
I smell her polished wood,
Feel the stripped paint bare of sweat,blood and toil,
Carved out of hands of a great man.

I kiss her rosewood neck,
Touch the worn out strings,
She vanishes from my arms,
And rests in yours.

As I close my eyes
Visions of you playing,
Burning across the sky,
Heaven opens ,I see your smile.

She is home where she belongs,
Home to the one she loves,
Rory,Rory we chant,
Play, play, and play,
Sweet blues, sweet music from our Irish prince.

Subrata Saha ( copyright June 2016)

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Re: It's almost June 14th again..

Postby Annie Elliott » 14 Jun 2016, 20:28

leprechaun1 wrote:i heard it one time a long time ago ,"don't tell me how he died , tell me how he lived". we all feel this way i believe, when it comes to Rory. i was listening to Rory's songs today and playing some on my guitar. i didn't think of him as being dead. that's what i always do.he's such an influence to me , maybe more than i ever thought. thanks Rory, your always alive in my heart and music. i'll be sure to light a candle for him.

Well said, thank you for that! My sentiments exactly. Rock in Peace dear Rory.
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Re: It's June 14th again ~ Rory's Anniversary

Postby SUBY1974 » 14 Jun 2016, 20:29

I finally finished this poem today Rory. Its based on a dream I had or was it a dream?? ;) ;) 21 years since you left us but we have never forgotten you or your music. Rock For Rory. All our love Susie and
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Re: It's June 14th again ~ Rory's Anniversary

Postby RobertaSparrow » 14 Jun 2016, 23:14

Please watch this

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Re: It's June 14th again ~ Rory's Anniversary

Postby Dwana Horner » 14 Jun 2016, 23:42

It's un real to me to that he's been gone 21 years.. TWENTY ONE YEARS. I sill feel the lost, the hurt, the sadness.
There are so many things I wished I said to him when he was alive. But I'll have to just write down my words in
my soul and I know on a spiritual level.. he knows I LOVE HIM.. :(
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Re: It's June 14th again ~ Rory's Anniversary

Postby woodeye2000 » 16 Jun 2016, 02:35

REALLY enjoyed listening to "Lonesome Highway"...

TY RobertaSparrow.

RIP Rory. Your music lives in me two decades later.

So glad I got a chance to shake your hand...yeah, you rocked, and you played with soul on that special night I heard you LIVE.
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Re: It's June 14th again ~ Rory's Anniversary

Postby bronyr » 18 Jun 2016, 12:14

Dwana Horner wrote:Whispers on the winds.."Rory"
Black Blues with an Irish lilt
Old Blues glimmering through Irish eyes
He played it full tilt

Words in my heart put to paper
I write them down with care
We remember every song..
When he was up..all we could do was stare

Whispers on the winds has your name..
and it was "Rory"

"Thor" of the Strat'

No, he wasn't born on Mount Olympus
Didn't have the long blonde locks
No "Brother" named Loki

"Chocolate Brown Hair, his Axe and Irish Born"..that's what he had"

The blues came forth from his lips
Soft spoken at times
or loud like a lion
Stomping on stage with his Axe
on his hips

No..not the son of "Odin"
No "Rainbow " ride to Earth
No controlling lightning..or Thunder

Just choclate brown hair and his Irish Birth.

In my dreams I kissed you
(as I did in life)
In my dreams I hear you speak
(as I did in life)
In my dreams I hugged you close
(as I did in life)
In my dreams I hear you speak
(as I did in life)
In my dreams I miss you
(as I still in life)
In my dreams I love you
(as I wished I said to you in life)

I wrote all this in two days. My Tribute for you Rory

Dwana, that's just lovely to read. Thank you.
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