I am six days into my most recent effort at self-care. You can check out reports if you are interested. They are posted there if you are not interested as well.
One dimension of this effort comes from my doctor. She challenged me, or encouraged me, to increase the intensity of my work on the treadmill. Specifically she told me to increase my speed. With some trepidation, I gave it a try when I started this effort. It has worked well thus far.
Two observations from tonight’s 30 minutes:
It interests me how the time appears to pass more quickly when I am walking at a faster speed. It is a matter of perception, I know. But perceptions matter.
While walking tonight, the song “Welcome Home” by Eric Bogle came on my iPod. The song tells the story of an Australian woman whose husband has returned from Vietnam and her struggle to welcome home this beloved stranger. The song contains this lyric: Where hate is muddy quicksand, love is tempered steel. The line touches me deeply each time I hear it, resonating with personal experience, and leaving me with the wish to somehow, some day write something so powerful.
See you along the trail.
Filed under Exercise, Music
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