Monday, 10 October 2016

Music for Your Monday//Hard Shoulder

There is something about October and Knopfler's albums. His lyrics are ever appealing and practical, sometimes (often) cutting. There is a tangible aspect to his work that so many can identify with. Substantial, meaty, and overwhelmingly resonating.

If something needs doing
I always say
You want it done
The proper way
I need you to stay

Man's broken down
Man's broken down
On the slip road
Got a slip load
And it's a hard
Shoulder to cry on

Fall is always rough. 
But if you keep getting back up, you (hopefully) won't get stuck. 
That's all for now. 

Thursday, 22 September 2016


Grabbing the aide bar in the passenger seat of the Ford Explorer, she heaved herself in with the help of her daughter. Her hair was done up nicely in a refined, quiet up-do, her shirt an off-brand of “Simply Southern.” We pulled the seat back, giving her more room to breathe. I had been waiting a month for a notification from my intern coordinator as to whether or not I would be shadowing a midwife during my summer in the mountains. Cell reception was not granted, and though I attempted to gain it, it was pretty useless to try. I gave up. Instead of driving the three hours to the city not knowing whether or not I would be shadowing, I decided to do something entirely different.
The Ford was on good terms with the mountains. It hugged the roads and weathered the climbs, and as we pulled away from the trailer and down a steep decline, she gripped the bar while I hoped I wasn’t in trouble. Part of me didn’t even care. I was supposed to be helping people. Shadowing? I didn’t see that helping anyone anytime soon. Instead I drove, listened to the drawl of stories, and sometimes shouting, actively assisting the sound waves across the hearing aids.          
We were on a quest for a second series of shots for osteoarthritis therapy. The knees were inflamed again and “Mamma,” as we called her, was in too much pain to skip any appointments. The more I sat, watched, and listened to her humor, the more adamant I became about providing care for her. Yes, I was merely transportation, but when mountain people go through the stress and trauma of finally setting up and having all insurances ‘go through’ to cover their procedure, only to be met with a transportation problem, it is devastating. The stigma against people in the ‘mountain dew belt’ may be somewhat true, but people are still in pain from various ailments. Mamma sure was. But she never complained. Her spunky spirit was like a fog to my ship attempting to discern what lay ahead.
“Christy?” Finally having service I called my coordinator to explain my absence at the midwifery clinic. Passively - but audibly upset - she told me she’d have to ‘sort everything out’ and tell the clinic I wasn’t bothering to come in. Hiding my emotions, I cringed inside. But the cringing wouldn’t go away. I brought Mamma and her daughter somewhere we could eat. I sat quietly. Half of me convincing myself I had been terrible in not following my coordinator’s wishes to the letter and half of me stubborn, believing I did something that was meaningful. Mamma looked over her sandwich at me.
“You’re a sight.” She looked at me, then shifted her gaze to the pretty lilies at our table. “She’s a lovely thing...isn’t she, Angel?” He daughter just smiled, wistfully. I complemented Mamma on her shirt, mostly because I wanted to shift the conversation, but also because there was a bejeweled Eiffel tower gracing it. After bringing her home, she gave me a small, framed print of the tower. Her recollection was perfection.
After the appointment I was still a bit shaken, and though Mamma and her spunk had been quiet, she was happy. We drove home in the twilight on the Hal Rogers Parkway listening to sounds quite forgotten by today’s culture: A sound of raw spirit and vulnerability, sounds of quiet and stillness; communication without words. Commune itself. Mamma never thanked me, and I’m almost glad she didn’t. 

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Music for Your Monday//Come Home

Nothing hurts worse
Than a hope that's deferred
Don't let it slip away
See you shining under the shame

Looking for reasons to try
A reason to live or to die
Won't you come home?
Back to where your heart is

"Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all."

Isaiah 53:4-6

Monday, 21 March 2016

Music for Your Monday//Moving On

Boy//John Mark Nelson

So complete and so breathe deeply for the life in which you wake
Grateful heart and helpless mind that reels with every chance you take
Dreams never take me far away, hide me from your love
Wake to call your name
And when you slow down you’ll surely say

I know blowing in the wind there’s a voice that calls my name
“Don’t fear your life boy, grow and change”
It came running through the earth where
The pine and tall grass grew
Leading me always, close to you

Monday, 29 February 2016

Music for Your Monday//For You

Oh babe, meet me in Tompkins Square Park
I wanna hold you in the dark
One last time
Just one last time

But no flame burns forever, oh no
You and I both know this all too well
And most don't even last the night
No they don't, they say they don't.

Oh babe, I've never been so lost
I wanna hear you laugh
One last time
Just one last time

to hold tight without holding back the mind

Monday, 15 February 2016

Music for Your Monday//Vienna

A call to get off the hook and explore, to keep finding dreams, even if they don't all come true. 

So much to do and only so many hours in a day...

You can get what you want or you can just get old...
When will you realize?

Slow down, you're doing fine
You can't be everything you want to be

Too bad but it's the life you lead
You're so ahead of yourself that you forgot what you need

You got your passion, you got your pride...

Slow down you crazy child
Take the phone off the hook and disappear for a while
It's alright, you can afford to lose a day or two (oooh)
When will you realize... Vienna waits for you?

When will you realize... Vienna waits for you?

Monday, 8 February 2016

Music for Your Monday//Beautiful Pt. II

Foreman sounds -
Like long car ride
with the windows down
the wind-rush now

Foreman sounds -
the dark before the dawn,
the right-before the
light break-through.

Demons die in bones, you know
But faces really never show
the searching for the windows,
the faces they've never known.

But Foreman sounds -
summer twilight
car rides
open windows,
open eyes.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Music for Your Monday//Sedona

A little gem I found.  The rest of the tracks didn't quite measure up to this one. 

The red sandstone, it fell...

Hey Little Hollywood
You're gone but you're not forgotten
You got the cash but your credit's no good
You flipped the script, and shot the plot
I remember, I remember when your neon used to burn