So…I’ve been a little underwater IRL. There are some pretty big changes coming up in our life, and I’m trying to make sense of that. Plus my calendar has been filled to overflowing.
I just want a week. That’s all. A week with no holidays, or business trips, or funerals, or hospital visits, or family events, or life news. I just want a week where I can immerse myself in every-day vocation and relationship. To go to work, to come home, to break bread and laugh with friends, to share joys and frustrations with my husband, to snuggle on the couch and watch mindless TV. That’s all I want.
That’s a few weeks away still.
And I’m experiencing some measure of compassion fatigue. It’s too easy for me to see the news in the world as univerally bad. I see people being horrible to one another in profoundly destructive ways. It’s overwhelming.
And, so, I fight this rising tide inside me. I often do that with music.
My newest musical obsession is Paolo Nutini. I think I’m in love! He’s a twenty-something genius with a Scottish brogue and a voice so thick and soulful that it should belong to a man twice his age. He mashes up R&B, folk, raggae, and jazz in an intoxicating soup.
My favorite album, by far, is Sunny Side Up. It’s a compilation of hope-filled songs. And the world needs a little hope these days…I know I do.
Here’s a taste of some pretty inspiring soup. Enjoy! (Lyrics printed below the video).
My hopes are high but my eyes can’t
Believe what they see,
Give me something to believe,
Gime me something to believe.
Oh, I’ve got lucky in life and had plenty to eat
and I saw this world as one big pool of opportunity
Oh, but there’s too much mind corruption,
Too little remedy (or that’s how it seems to me)
Yeah we need a moral education
To set the young minds free…
So let us change what we can and
Accept what we can’t
And impart some of the wisdom
From that tried and tested man
Oh, there’s no harm in being wrong you know no,
In fact to me, it’s common ground.
So take that feather from you cap sir,
And pass that feather around…
My hopes are high
but my eyes can’t believe what they see
Give me something to believe in,
Give me something to believe