Hello everyone and welcome to the second installment of Thanksgiving Blessings – Music. Thank you once again to all those who have recently subscribed to this blog. I feel so blessed when anyone takes the time to read my words, so thank you! To all readers past and present, I am so glad you are here!
The Non-Continuation Protocol
I had every intention of continuing my ramblings dedicated to all the ways music has blessed my life. This would have included sharing all the times I reduced my worldly possessions on more than one occasion to just clothes and music. It would have also included the evolution of my musical taste or perhaps devolution. Well, I suppose it would be more like a heightened sense of longing for what I consider music for the soul. But I realized two things since my last post. One, tomorrow is Thanksgiving so I have run out of time and two, to live up to this aspiration, I would have to write pages and pages. With that said, I decided to save said ramblings for another time and place.
I love that we have one day out of the year where we can just stop (ideally) and just contemplate what we are thankful for. If we are so blessed as to have a roof over our head, heat when it is cold, clean, running water, food in the fridge and friends and family, we truly have so much to be thankful for. Subsequently, if we can sit peacefully, reflect and absorb a song, we have even more to be thankful for. Take a moment and find a song, (or wait until you finish this post as I have a recommendation for you) let it play and allow yourself to enjoy it. Further, wherever that song takes you, enjoy the journey. The journey could be sad, happy, invigorating or simply quiet and reflective. Wherever… I truly hope you enjoy it.
Without a song or a dance what are we?
As I often do, I like to sit in silence and contemplate. In preparation for this blog post, I thought about how music enriches life in every possible way. I further thought of why I decided to write about this – predominantly it turns out – during a month I wanted to dedicate to many Thanksgiving related posts. What compelled me? Shouldn’t I be writing about other things such as family or something similar? Perhaps.
But what is it that makes me, me?
So many things but if I drill down to the very heart of my being, I always find the same thing. Song. It is because of song I can reflect, think, dream, work and just be. This ‘me’ that is now sitting here typing out these words for you is a result of an ongoing evolution playing out year after year. The driving force for this evolution? Music. And for that, I am truly grateful.
Music for the Soul
Before I end this post, I ask that you indulge me as I make a most sincere music recommendation. You can download it and play it today and in all honesty, I could not think of a more beautiful soundtrack for your holiday. This music is so rich and so hauntingly beautiful, you may find yourself listening to it again and again and I truly hope you do.
The album is ‘Remember, I am’ and the extremely talented artist behind this masterpiece is Kristin Rule. You can buy her album here.
I am not being compensated in any way for recommending this album, but I do think it is important you know one thing about why I am making this recommendation. When I started brainstorming ideas for the type of posts centered around gratitude that I would share this month, the first thing that came to mind was to talk about music. The reason that was the first thing that came to mind is because of how amazing and blessed I felt when I discovered this incredible artist. Please have a listen and read her album introduction at the bottom of the page. I think you will be glad you did. To use Kristen’s words:
This work represents an unmasking, a courageous and poetic act, as I’m choosing to be seen, truly seen.
Thank you so kindly for reading. Wherever you are in the world, I wish you a blessed day filled with happiness and kindness. Until next time . . . .
- Thanksgiving Blessings – Music Part I
- Love Knows No Color