Shed a Little Light…

Feeling the heaviness and deep sadness for the loss of eight lives in Atlanta and now- 10 people in Boulder, I sit here with my tears. As these 18 people started their day, did they think about their safety? Or did they begin that day focused on the work that needed to be done, the care for their children and family and thoughts of what would come next — dinner, school, maybe even looking ahead to plan for time to safely leave home and relax — finally, the way days normally begin.

None of these people were able to experience the life they may have hoped and planned for. These tragic deaths have created holes in the fabric of our lives as community. We feel this loss and struggle to make sense out of what has happened.

When words cannot suffice, I turn to music. The words and melody often allow emotions to surface that my logical brain struggles to release.

This video was recorded soon after the shooting at Mother Emmanuel AME Church, Charleston SC in 2015. It was this evening’s music that allowed my grief to finally rise.

In honor of all who died in Atlanta and Boulder, I share this with you.

ATLANTA

  • Soon Chung Park
  • Hyun Jung Grant
  • Suncha Kim
  • Yong Yue
  • Delaina Ashley Yaun
  • Paul Andre Michels
  • Xiaojie Tan
  • Daoyou Feng

BOULDER

  • Denny Stong
  • Neven Stanisic
  • Rikki Olds
  • Tralona Bartkowiak
  • Suzanne Fountain
  • Teri Leiker
  • Ofc. Eric Talley
  • Kevin Mahoney
  • Lynn Murray
  • Jody Waters

Carved by life

Going on without denying any aspect of the human drama is what strength is all about.
We are carved by life into instruments that will release our song,
if we can hold each up to the carving.


Quote: Mark Nepo
Image: William Recinos

Believe… we are connected

as the noise around us grows – the noise of technology, the noise of emotion and distrust – where do we go to find true moments of connection?

let your imagination go… anything is possible. (thank you, David Kanigan)

 

Saturday Morning

at a time when one note is so healing. thank you, David.

Live & Learn

Here I am alone with silence.

I have discovered that it is enough when a single note is beautifully played.

This one note, or a silent beat, or a moment of silence, comforts me.

~ Arvo Pärt, in Arvo Pärt by Paul Hillier



Notes: Quote Source – Your Eyes Blaze Out; Portrait of Avro Part by K. Kikkas

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T.G.I.F.

Happy Friday friends! Hope you can kick back and sing until you feel it. (Thank you, David Kanigan)

Live & Learn

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