Saturday, December 10, 2011

Greensleeves (Reprise)

When I wrote earlier about "Greensleeves" I awakened fond memories of that melody and various versions in many, some who commented here (see the Debby Reynolds version) and some over at Facebook, where I was told my hot pink cleaning gloves* might clash with my green sleeves....  Thanks, David, who gave us this fabulous youtube link to the John Coltrane version.

This is Our Lady of Greensleeves, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, altered by Maris Stella to enhance the green of the sleeves. But today is Slattern Day, so we are also considering the untidy possibility of grass stains on the sleeves of a loose woman, all thanks to Wikipedia (which needs your cash, also green).

And this is Virginia from The Clean House, by Sarah Ruhl, who must surely have a recipe for laundering grass stains from loose sleeves. And, yes, those are her hot pink cleaning gloves (*) trimmed in pink and yellow feathers. (I did the laundry yesterday so I could be a slattern today! And/or write poetry, always a little untidy to start out.)

And it's Emily Dickinson's 181st birthday, so let's sing to her, and also to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Thanks, Eleanor Roosevelt!


Maureen said...

Love the feather-trimmed gloves. Great pic.

Collagemama said...

Thanks for the Coltrane version!

Kathleen said...

And thanks for the Debby Reynolds version! (Which I think I did hear her sing....but when?!)

Collagemama said...

"How the West Was Won" was a big hit movie in 1962 with lots of catchy semi-traditional songs. We played the soundtrack LP over and over as kids.