Synchronicity, Gratitude and the path we follow

Ok, so 5 months have passed since my last post.  TIME! flew by.  But it’s been an amazing journey.  We’ve logged approximately 10,000 miles in these last five months:  Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, North … Continue reading

Taking My Time

Life is full throttle most days, and though it can wear me out at times, I am grateful for what comes.  I strive to always learn something from these experiences, sometimes in spite of myself.  I know that the faster time moves, (it’s October!?) the more mindful I must be to take care of myself and carve out bits of time for what feeds the soul.  And trust that whatever didn’t get ‘done’, well, it can wait.

Last Thursday after work, my husband and I drove out to Pensacola for a quick overnight getaway to hear some great music from another musical duo we admire – Karp Foley Band (Peter Karp and Sue Foley).  We stayed the night with friends, talking and strumming way past my usual bedtime, and then spent the next day slowly driving back home along the gulf coast, stopping for some beach time with the guitars.  It was a great, ever so brief respite.

Tonight, I took a little time to tinker in the kitchen with baking, and then sorting through recent photos and poetry books.  And listen to the lovely instrumental album ‘Unspoken Requests‘ by Linford Detweiler (Over the Rhine).  All very relaxing and heart-soothing.

So now, for the photos and poetry to share!  The poetry is older and the photos are brand new, just from the last week or so.  🙂

3/24/2002
Disintegrate to dust
Your fears against trust
Go wherever you feel you must
Don’t let your spirit rust

Your imagined obligation
To follow trepidation
Keeps you in your station
To never see the full nation

Uncover your elation
Accept the celebration
Let the mind take a vacation
Let the heart be the sensation.

 

 

 

 

What Bob Said

Matt & I had the absolute joy and delight of hearing Bob Dylan in Memphis two weeks ago, as part of his traveling Americanarama Festival.  The festival also featured Richard Thompson Trio, My Morning Jacket, and Wilco, who all gave fantastic performances.   The show began at 5:30pm sharp and ran until 11pm.  Fortunately, we were in the bleachers for a good portion of that time, we might not have made it that long standing.

Despite what folks may say about Dylan in this decade’s performing style, we found him to be just as relevant and spirited as ever.  He played a couple tunes from his new record along with many favorites, both popular (Tangled Up in Blue) and obscure (She Belongs to Me).  His band is very tight and they take great care of Bob and his tunes.

I’ve recently reacquainted myself with some of his earlier tunes, and am just bowled over by It’s Alright Ma, (I’m Only Bleeding).  Such a powerfully epic poem and so relevant in many ways.  A great thing about Bob’s site – every song is listed with lyrics, publishing date, the last time he played it and how many times in his career he’s played it.  Fascinating stuff for a super-fan like myself.

Anyhow, I do recommend listening and/or reading this one.

http://www.bobdylan.com/us/songs/its-alright-ma-im-only-bleeding

The few photos I snapped at the show were with my phone – I don’t think regular/bigger cameras were allowed to the show so I didn’t bring it.  These two are very sweet – after his encore, he showed his gratitude for this audience, which ranged from preteens to elders.

Bob Dylan in Memphis

at the end of the Americanarama Festival, July 2013

At the end of the Americanarama Festival, July 2013