“Dulcinea, How I Love You!” Remember that song from “The Man of La Mancha?” For almost 25 years I was fulfilling my love for musical theatre by ushering, voluntarily, at the Weston Playhouse www.westonplayhouse.org in charming Weston, Vermont. Over those years, “The Man of La Mancha” graced the stage once or twice and I was able to hear this memorable song sung live, by actors from the guild. My first introduction to “Dulcinea” was as a teen when I went to the Paper Mill Summer Theatre in Owings Mills, MD www.papermill.org and saw the play there too. Oh, how I adored it!
I know you all are thinking I have lost my marbles.” How in the world did she get on this subject?” our readers must be asking. I happened to open the Sunday paper and saw a story about the Dulcimer Shop in Mountain View, Arkansas. For more information on this company and the history of this instrument, which produces exquisite, ethereal sounds, please visit http://www.mcspaddendulcimers.com.
It was the commonality of the root of the words, dulcinea and dulcimer, that triggered my recall of this memorable song. I’ve about worn out my favorite search engines, so I don’t dare inquire through those channels about the meaning of the root dulci. Next time I see, my friend Vesna, from Macedonia, I’ll ask her, she’ll know! She has her PhD, ABD, in linguistics and perhaps she can help me out.
They say (whoever they is) you should write down what you want out of life, not just think about it. In this present moment, I would love someone to send me the name of an artist with beautiful rendition of “Dulcinea” being played on a dulcimer. It would be such a beautiful pairing of instrument and song. Perhaps I could listen to a little bit of heaven right here in my office, as I work.
Since I have been bemoaning the fact that I have neglected the independent recording artists on this website, I’d like to engage in a little fair trade. For the first person, from anywhere in the world, to contact me through a kind blogsite comment, with the name of a dulcimer-playing independent artist whose repertoire includes “Dulcinea,” I will write a blog on the musician.
This could be alot of fun! I’ll let you know how it all turns out! “Dulcinea…….”
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