Robert Spellman painting of a misty morning suggesting a tributary of the Mississippi River.

I've been reading Eudora Welty lately. Apart from a few excursions away to college, Europe, and brief spell in New York City, she was a life-long a native of Jackson, Missippi. One of the many pleasures of her writing is the vivid descriptons of place. She conjures the sights, weather, sounds, topography, and people with such poetic economy and vividness. I dug out this small painting a few days ago during a reading of The Ladies of Spring, one of her short stories. The painting echoed something of my being steeped in a literary journey to Mississippi and rain falling after a long dry spell.

Music of the Moment

This is a short piece called Dia. Dia is the name of one of Jupiter's moons. In Greek mythology Dia has family connections too complicated to repeat here, but she is sometimes conflated with Ceres the goddess of grain. This composition is one of a set in which each piece is named for one of Jupiter's moons. Did you know that Jupiter has eighty moons? This should keep me out of trouble for a while.

I add one of these compositional sketches with each Moonblog entry on the new and full moon. I also have a page with more of this musical work in progress. Go here for a listen.

New Moon ~ January 21st, 2023