Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Cold and a Broken Hallelujah

I’ve been taking a few “personal days” to try to stop all the hurried “doing” and learn how to just “be.” As a dear friend has pointed out to me several times over the years, I never allow myself to just “do nothing.” But my struggles with my writing have been screaming out to me lately, that maybe the well is dry. Being quiet means listening to voices, maybe even God’s voice. I’m trying to pray. Trying to forgive. Trying to believe. Reading some beautiful writing. Watching some mediocre television drama. And listening to some music that heals. And wishing I hadn't given away our piano back in 2001.

So, I thought I’d share some of the music videos I’ve been “indulging” in this week. Click on any of these to watch/listen, and feel free to leave a comment or a suggestion of more music that heals. What do you listen to when you’re having a hard time?

Heal Over
by KT Tunstall

Hurricane by Mindy Smith

Press On
by Robinella

Bridge Over Troubled Water
by Simon and Garfunkel

Hallelujah (by Leonard Cohen) sung by K.D. Lang

Pretty Amazing Grace by Neil Diamond

Bleed Red
by Ronnie Dunn

Into the Light by Alice Peacock

Landslide by Stevie Nicks

Another Day that Time Forgot by Neil Diamond and Natalie Maines

Just Might
(Make Me Believe) by Sugarland

Saving Grace Theme

You Take My Breath Away by Eva Cassidy

One Little Song by Gillian Welch

My Life
by Iris Dement

No Matter What
by Sonya Kitchell


David Lyons said...

Doing will get us only so far, and it won't be far enough. We are nothing without taking time to reflect, and all the doing will be for nothing.

Susan Cushman said...

thanks for those words, David, and the heartfelt wisdom behind them.

ficwriter said...

I feel the same way every time I finish a piece of writing. Wrung out. I always think, this is it, I've got nothing left.

Recently, after a day of feeling depleted, I went to sleep and dreamed of standing on an ocean's shore at night. I looked up and marveled brilliant, countless stars-constellations I've never seen before. That's when I realized there is no end to creation.

So now I wait. I push away from Facebook and Twitter (that's why you don't see me sometimes for long stretches). And inspiration takes her sweet time, but she always comes.

Shivana-Alexis said...

Love your selection. Regarding Eva Cassidy, it's sad that she had to leave earth so soon. www.shivana-alexis.com