Heading to the theater.
Traci Smith, author of Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home has provided a gift of the November 2018 Gratitude Every Day calendar. I am using it as an opportuity to revisit photos and post them as they speak to gratitude.
Filed under Friends, Music, play
One of my former work colleagues and friends posted the following on Facebook:
In your status line, list 10 albums that have stayed with you. Tag ten friends including me. These shouldn’t be the critics list, but records that mean something to you. Do it fast. Don’t research it.
I don’t often do this sort of thing but I decided to give this one a try. I suspected that because of differences in our ages and tastes, my list would be quite different from his. It was. Both lists contained amazing music.
It also proved an interesting exercise because it allowed me to consider the tunes I carry in my heart and my soul. These are the soundtrack of my life. Each recording played a role in my life. They associate with moments and experiences, transporting me back across time and space. Many smiles accompanied the process.
Here’s my list. The significance to the order is the order they occurred to me.
- Derek and the Dominos – Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
- Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland
- Jackson Browne – Late for the Sky
- Eric Bogle – Scraps of Paper
- Bob Marley and the Wailers – Exodus
- Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks
- Van Morrison – Saint Dominic’s Preview
- Black 47 – Fires of Freedom
- Carole King – Tapestry
- Warren Zevon – The Wind
This proved far harder than I expected. Here’s a second 10 – actually 11 since I sneak in two by Brother Neil.
- Seeds – the songs of Pete Seeger
- Mountain – Nantucket Sleighride
- Neil Young – Prairie Wind / Harvest
- Arlo Guthrie – Amigo
- The Band – Music from Big Pink
- Bruce Cockburn – Nothing But a Burning Light
- Bruce Springsteen – The Ghost of Tom Joad
- The Temptations – Puzzle People
- Archie Roach – Charcoal Lane
- John McCutcheon – Live at Wolf Trap
And many, many more crossed my soul as I worked on this.
What tunes do you carry? What music would be on your list?
See you along the Trail.
Filed under Friends, Music
Our quest to hear traditional music took us to several stops. The first evening we heard but two songs. The second, in Belfast, we heard a duo. They covered a number of songs by Christy Moore. They covered Dylan. They played well. We enjoyed the music. But it did not fit the bill of traditional.
On our final evening in Dublin, our final evening in Ireland, Tricia and I ventured to the Cobblestone with Joel and Roja. We talked. We consumed Guinness. We laughed. After a while, we said farewell as Roja and Joel left for a family dinner.
Tricia and I had another round as we waited. And the music began. Traditional. Soft. Sweet. Wondrous. We listened for an hour or so before we decided that the time had come for us to return to our hotel. I made a trip to the men’s room before we did so. On my way back, I looked above our seats. There I saw, present all the time but unnoticed until that moment, an expression of solidarity:
See you along the Trail.
Filed under Ireland, Photo
A search for “Storm” in the song title brought the following playlist on my iPod. Clearly the timing on some of them makes a difference to a true playlist. This is simply an alphabetical list.
After the Storm – Bill Miller
The Great Storm Is Over – John McCutcheon
The Lightning Storm – Flogging Molly
Orphan of the Storm – Black 47
Riders on the Storm – The Doors
Shelter from the Storm – Bob Dylan
Singer in the Storm – Holly Near
A Storm Is Coming – The Return of the King
Storms in Africa – Enya
Weather out the Storm – Figgy Duff
See you along the Trail
Filed under Movie, New York