Bernard Fanning, former frontman of the Australian multi award winning band Powderfinger, brings us this weeks heartfelt track, Watch Over Me, released on the Tea and Sympathy Album in 2006. Bernard describes this as a hymn, inspired to write it after watching the funeral of Pope John Paul II. I don’t know if he is religious, but I know that I am not, we all listen with our own ear.
I feel in between. I try to articulate my in between feeling from heart to pen to paper. Enough words come, out and in the words I ask for inspiration, a way for me to express all the joy and love I hold in my heart. I can feel it more and more, looking for a way out.
Sometimes the truth catches you by surprise, thats what happened to me when I heard this song.
Sisters, grown together, destined for different paths, move away from each other, over distances, over time.
Sometimes, we stand beside ourselves, our beliefs, and choose to see our world in a different way, expanding more and more, in this state we open ourselves to the unveiling of mysteries. This energetic expansion can leave the rest of our bodies and minds in between for a while, until we catch up to our new way of seeing our world, and ourselves. We feel different, we see things differently, we do things differently, we are, different, changed...
Take heart darlin.
I don’t want to be there anymore, I want to be here.
I am here. I am here, feet down, looking straight ahead, with one foot forward...
It can happen all of a sudden, that feeling, heavy, dense, overwhelmed. It is easy to think that, that feeling is you. It’s not you. It is a culmination of things that have happened in your life, locked up emotions, limiting beliefs, memories stuck somewhere, pain. The more we believe that these things are us, the more we believe we are limited, anchored, the more we feed this feeling.
From the Up Up Up Up Up Up Album released in 1999, Ani DiFranco looks backward, in order to look forward. I was walking in the vast rainforest / bushland behind my house the other day, and I did that. I came to a crossroad of paths, and I knew, I had to look behind me before I went any further forward. I wanted to see how it would look, if I decided to travel back that same way.
Have you ever stopped, and sat, and looked? instead of trying to force action, or plan, or control an outcome? When we really stop, and see what is in front of us, we give ourselves a chance to witness, sometimes, a gently profound thing. Maybe that thing reminds us, of who we really are, and what we really want.
The unmistakable beginning, and then the words, “Disarm you with a smile”. Kindness feeds us, when we share it with one another. Sometimes we isolate ourselves, safer in our shell maybe. We can’t share a kindness with one another in this state though, we can’t receive love.
What would it take? What would it take to live your life, your way? Are you the only thing standing in your way?
So many layers to this song. I have been the rifle, and I have been the bird. I know now, that I am both at the same time. If I choose to be content with, looking at the big wide open sky through a window, and no more, knowing I am not happy, I have chosen to be my own rifle...
Formed by Ron Banks and Larry Reed in the early 60’s, The Dramatics released almost 20 albums, even collaborating with Snoop Dog, on the Doggy Dog World track. This track was awarded gold disc status by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1971. A simple message, more and more I am aware of what I see and now, what I get.
In the Heart of the Moon, I love this album title, what knowing must lay their? Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabaté fuse their crafted styles, complimenting each other, seemingly so easy, it is as if we are listening to a jam session. The movement of these sounds, the gentle building, the story unknown to me, is enchanting...
I have a long history with Johnny Cash. My Dad, a huge fan, liked to play his tracks, on repeat, for days at a time. The Saloon piano in the background, classic acoustic guitar, and that voice. Johnny Cash performs a cover of the Depeche Mode track, written by Martin Gore. This version forms part of his American IV: The Man Comes Around Album.
From U2’s Achtung Baby album, this week’s track is, One. Achtung, translates to Respect in German. So this week we have a theme, how do we show ourselves respect? And how do we show others respect?
To find out I began to observe myself, through observing, I realised where my attention was. What words I used, what I was thinking about.
No lyrics this week, no words, just music. There are so many words around us all the time, inside, and out. Maybe we can just listen for a while...
I think I could write a thesis on this song, layered with message and metaphor. It is beautiful, harsh and thought provoking. Each time I listen, I hear something new.
This version is remastered, I remember listening to the original on repeat, from the Sugar Mountain, Live at Canterbury House 1968 album. Thinking, “Right on Brother”, he knows where it’s at. The imagery is enough to keep you interested, and then you start to wonder……
In 2012 Iggy Pop released a covers album, Après, translated to, After in English. In his own words, Iggy wanted to bring some of the feeling he felt as a listener to us, the listeners.
Feel like screaming just for something different to do? When the voice in your head is louder than the voices around you, it is time for a break. It can feel so constant, the things we tell ourselves we have to do, or even, the things others tell us we should be doing. Do, do, do, do, do….AAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!
The new year is symbolic of a new start, change, something different. We can if we want to, imagine that anything can happen, or if that is too much to believe, we can ask ourselves to take one step in a new direction, just one.
I like this song, it’s simple, easy to listen to, and understand. That is how yes is, a real yes is simple, and easy to say. It doesn’t start in your head though, a real yes starts in your body. It is different for everyone, you can find your yes feeling by saying it, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. Say it until you can feel it in your body, where is it? What does it feels like? When you know what a real yes feels like, you will know the real answer to a yes or no question.