In this space of anything is possible
Help my heart to just love
Or paybacks in mind
Just kindly give when I’m moved
Just be a blessing in a moment.
An angel that swoops in
And brushes your cheek with her kiss
And strokes your hair with her light.
A smile and change
To the homeless person
No judgments or worries
Where the money’s being spent
Help changing a flat tire
In the middle of the expressway,
Giving that new person
A ride to work.
Whatever the moment brings
Help me to be up for it.
Filled with love
And infinite blessings
From on high.
As I first started being interested in jazz, I have to say it intimidated me. All those chords, those fake sheets, just knowing what to play without sightreading? I wasn’t used to it. As I teach my piano students, I see how the theory books emphasize chords from day 1. The I chord, the IV, the V7. I wasn’t taught any of this when I was first learning. We didn’t have theory books back then. I’m sure people were learning this if they were playing jazz. But where I was being taught, it was only classical. So, when I had my first jazz lesson, many years later, my teacher said “not so much mary poppins. I’m looking for scat!” I had to look that word up, I didn’t know what it meant. I would learn it soon enough though, in my music theory and lit classes. And I would start singing like that to my classical pieces. Because, it’s an expression of your heart. And whatever music is playing, you’re going along with it, with nonsensical words, that embody the spirit of how the music makes you feel. I started singing more. My voice had been lost many years ago, my vocal chords got strained. And I couldn’t sing in the choir anymore. But here I was singing anyway. There is such joy in expressing yourself this way. Declaring to the world and to yourself, “I don’t know how to love him…” or “Trouble in mind, I’m blue…” Or just
“Oooooooo, aaaaaaaaah, ooooo ooooo, aaaaaaaaaah.”
Whatever comes out, whatever you feel.
As I began to play the classics again, something clicked this time. Inside of me. And I felt the beauty of the music. I know it’s not usually the favorite of the kids nowadays. Although some of them still really enjoy it, much to my surprise. But my journey took me away from it, and then back to it, when it really started to mean something for the first time. And I can feel the story being told in Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. Where the first movement seems to be so subdued, there’s all kinds of emotion, that seems like it’s under the surface waiting to be brought out. Then there’s the 1 page 2nd movement that sounds like a job interview, where you say all the right things. And then the comes the 3rd movement, with a rage, and a gusto that can only mean an honest utterance of a strong, unedited human emotion. And isn’t that what music is? An expression, an utterance, a beautiful long vowel, a scream, or a whisper. Whatever you feel. And afterwards, no talking is needed. Just some silence to let it all soak in. And feel how it changed you.
I see you, really see you. As they stream over and through you
All the love you wear on your sleeve Rebuilding your childlike wonder
Shines like a precious jewel Your faith that never wavers
A beacon in a tarnished world In the goodness of people around you
Where people protect themselves May you feel that goodness in yourself
From harm, opinions, and thoughts. As strong as a bold coffee
And shutter down their hearts Flavoring your senses
With no chance of opening up. And lifting you up
But you shine like a golden lamp To the highest sunbeam.
With sun rays blessing you
The view outside a window
Is not always clear
Even if it’s totally clean
The window can distort
Like the window our soul looks out of
And yet the light shines through
Warming every darkened crevice
Every stale thought
Every dim view
That we might have
Covering us and filling us
With Warmth and Love
May we always feel
Light’s Promise and Hope
And never lose our way.
Some days we all feel so disconnected
to ourselves and with each other.
Barely holding on to life with a thread.
Nothing feels good or right,
Just work, commitments and drudgery.
And yet that thread we’re holding onto,
even if just barely,
Floats across the universe.
And it’s as strong as it is invisible
It’s the glue that holds us all together
That sticky cobweb that we brush away
fuels us, connects us and gives us purpose.
May we keep holding on,
Even when we can’t see the source.
The Heavenly Filament
divinely floats us
and Breathes us anew
Lord, bless my gentleness
My kindness and empathy
Keep it all safe as I go out into the world.
Help me to use it to heal
To dry tears, hold hands.
Help me to act on my impulses to aid people.
To just love them unconditionally.
Give me the wisdom to know what’s mine to do,
and what is not.
Show me all the times I’ve made a difference
So I can hold on to my goodness.
And show me when I could have held back,
so I could let others do what is theirs to do.
And for any mistakes I might have made
Help me to forgive myself.
And forgive others unkindness towards me.
In the end it all doesn’t matter really, does it?
What lives on is my heart and soul
the sweetness of my smile,
the tender curve of my arm around another.
May I be all I can be. Always. And forever.
When I was just a babe
I felt my egg shaped world
Bumping up against my brother
Warm and blessed
Filled With Pure Essence
Whole and Vibrant
Waiting to emerge
And make my way
Into this strange new world.
May I never forget my roots
That I take with me everyday
Into the fire.
Bless my every moment
Of sure footed fancy
And careening wonder
Oh new and wondrous creation.
I get my love from the morning mist
It creeps in slowly
I stand with mouth open
Eyes wide with wonder
Ears filled with birdsong
As drops of pure creation
Love and inspiration
Bless my aching heart.
They fill up my soul
Heal my yearning wishes
And unfulfilled promises.
I sit in exultant wonder
And pure delight.
Receiving every God drop
Each and every bead of grace
Into my furrowed brow
Dripping into my longing heart.
Suffused and entranced
I sit by myself
Knowing I am not alone
As spirit and mystery
And heal all that is wounded
All that is hurt
This primal force comes into me
Thru the raindrops
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