~ IN MEMORY~
December 18, 2012
A fun challenge was put to me by my good friend who was the original writer challenged by this prompt. The concept is easy, to express your life in 4 to 5 m music choices, preferably posting the challenge with the ability to hear the music such as videos. Music videos were used by my friend, and this is to be my medium as well.
Could you do this? Could you find 4 to 5 songs to describe or be reflective of your life? This challenge is extended to all of you.
Go ahead, and take a risk and try it. I dare you!
Growing up I was a faith filled resilient & self-reliant young child. Music was a large part of my life and my families, with both parents being involved and was a daily asset to my soul. Feeling the love of family, consistency, and spirit was all that I needed, but this all changed when I was 9 yrs old. by my parents separation, Losing my faith in something powerful also happened at this time. This took me on a long self discovery journey from knowing that the loss of something more powerful than myself had to be found again. I searched, and I studied, and at the age of 15 or 16 my spiritual epiphany came to be. This song has sustained me and my way of living always since then. Both Eric Clapton & Stevie Winwood’s music individually, and together again, as they were in a reunion performance as Blind Faith was also very much part of this time in my life. If you want you know something about me you will find that I am a life long Eric (Epic ) Clapton fan. I have been impressed by not only by his music but the way he has grown into his own authentic life over the many years.
From my young adult years until I was 38 yrs old I spent as an active full-time parent and foster parent. My life with children, who I surrounded myself with was and still is a passion I hold close to my heart. This song is representative of all the wishes & hopes I held for them. Although Rod Stewart was not an artist that I listened to much when this song was released I made sure immediately I dedicated this to the young daughters in my world; my own two daughters,, my niece, and the 3 foster girls I had in my heart & home during my daughters tween & teen years. I love being involved with children, and even before I had my own daughters in 1972 I had 5th grade Campfire Girls. All 10 of them. Raising my children has been my most gratifying contribution to this world.
Finding a point in my life when I realized that no matter how much I wished for my life and world to feed me, sometimes they just did not. When I realized that there was an emptiness of my soul and spirit that was needing to be fed, my spirit roared right back. Finding ways to feed my soul in ways I had not seen,, nor ever known before. This song is about coming out on the other side of that journey.
I’m Okay by Lissa Shaw~
With my faith comes making my life right. Though this will assuredly be raw feelings I am expressing with this The Rascal Flatt’s choice I am including it for what I would call my declaration song today. It is in keeping with my journey for living an authentic life, remaining honest, & true no matter how painful or vulnerable it might feel.
I am adding an extra sing/video because as regular readers of this blog know I have 3 lifelong friends I have known since birth. The Dirty Mothers. We four ladies had seen our selves in this movie in many ways. In particular my friend Lynn & I. This challenge could not be complete without this song being included. Crystal Vision by Stevie Nicks has also been a mainstay in my world since 1972 and still is fitting well into my life at this moment in ways that never resonated with me before. I will add this song and its magical message as my way of saying out loud that I do believe in dreams, hopes as well as life’s most-perfect & practical magic.
From The soundtrack of the motion picture Practical Magic the song Crystal Vision; written and performed by By Stevie Nicks
May wishing on a falling star bring all the practical magic necessary for a life full of truth & wisdom that feeds your spirit and soul.
Note~ A Grace Note is a kind of music notation used to note several kinds of musical embellishment or flourishes within a piece of music.
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