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something understood – on walking
December 13, 2010, 8:51 am
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Radio 4’s Something Understood yesterday was a meditation on walking.  Listen again here.

What many of us take for granted as a rather mundane activity is elevated for others into a creative, spiritual or philosophical meditation.

Drawing on the writings of a Buddhist monk, the artist Richard Long and the Danish philosopher Kierkegaard, among others, Melissa Viney explores walking’s physical and psychological benefits. Also, with music from Herb Alpert, Mozart, Ella and Elvis.

And she talks to Mark Hennessy, who’s having to learn to walk all over again following a brain injury.

Readers: Emma Fielding and Jonathan Keeble

Producer: Alan Hall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.


Jankowski – A Walk in the Black Forest
Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
CD: Going Places
High Coin SABRECD2009 tr. 11

Block/Hecht – Walking After Midnight
Patsy Cline
CD: ‘Ultimate Legends – Patsy Cline

The Ventures – Walk, Don’t Run
CD: ‘Walk Don’t Run: The Very Best Of The Ventures.’

Trad. Arr G. Price/R. Black – Just a Closer Walk With Thee
Ella Fitzgerald
CD: Brighten the Corner
Capitol CDP 795 151 2 tr. 2

Mozart – Piano Sonata no. 15 – Andante
Maria Joao Pires (pianist)
Piano Sonata in C Major No. 15. K. 545 “Facile”: II. Andante
CD: The Works: Mozart Piano Sonatas
Deutsche Grammophon

Emily Maguire – Keep Walking
Emily Maguire
Shaktu Records SHK2 – 102

Joe South – Walk a Mile in My Shoes
Elvis Presley
CD: On Stage
RCA 0786 367 741 2 tr. 9
Pub. Lowery Music


Rebecca Solnit – Wanderlust
Pub: Verso.

Henry Thoreau – Walking
Pub: Arc Manor

Richard Long: ‘Five, six, pick up sticks,
Seven, eight, lay them straight.’
Published on occasion of solo exhibition at Anthony D’Offay gallery, London, 1980. Reprinted in ‘Richard Long, Heaven and Earth. Tate Exhibition Catalogue.
Edited by Clarrie Wallis.

Thich Nhat Hanh – The Long Road Turns to Joy
(A Guide to Walking Meditation)
Pub: Parallax Press, Berkeley, California

Werner Herzog – Of Walking In Ice
Trans. Martje Herzog & Alan Greenberg
Pub. Tanam Press, NY 1980

Soren Aaby Kierkegaard, Letter to Henrietta Land, 1847 ‘Kierkegaard’s Writing: Letters and Documents’
Pub. Princetown University Press.

John Napier – The Antiquity of Walking
Human Ancestors
Pub. Scientific American

Mark Hennessy


Cecil Day Lewis – Walking Away (For Sean)
The Gate and Other Poems
Stanford University Press.


Mark Hennessy


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Aagh! Missed it! Will catch up on iPlayer.

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