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The “extra rooms” dream set to music; the crack in the wall, morphing into a door that opens into a new, beautiful, and heretofore undiscovered land, a place to explore in a waking dream, in a moment of clarity and exaltation that vanishes to leave behind not a new understanding, but only the sad memory of having once understood. You can visit, but you can’t take anything back with you. It reminds me of Kubla Khan, the Coleridge poem about a vision interrupted and lost – A damsel with a dulcimer in a vision once I saw.

The guitar accompaniment is by Gerry Leonard, whose work here provides a superb example of understated virtuosity, displayed sparingly in service of the music. He and Vega execute a chord structure that gives me shivers, every time.

If you’re new to the “Little Desk” series from NPR, there’s all sorts of them on YouTube.

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