On Valentine’s Day 3,000 people of different religious faiths gathered to celebrate coexistence and sing Matisyahu’s prayerful song, One Day. This collaboration and video offers an incredible example of the power of community and song, combined with vision.
We can transcend our differences to cocreate one vision of peace, love and acceptance on Earth.
Starting inside my own heart, One Day can be today. May it be so.
All my life I´ve been waiting for
I´ve been praying for
For the people to say
That we don´t wanna fight no more
They´ll be no more wars
And our children will play
One day (one day), One day (one day)
Emma with Director Wally Hurst and Musical Director Brian Miller.
Past few weeks have been a whirlwind whoosh of blessings and challenges. It’s a real life: a miraculously blessed, magical and sometimes painful one. So here I am, pinching myself in front of y’all, to make sure I savor this JOY, sharing one of my greatest memories from the past week and perhaps 2018: My daughter, Emma, finding and making her heART flow in the musical Annie.
I was sitting in the dark surrounded by many beautiful strangers. At the end of the play, Me, I wanted to leap out of my seat for JOY and GRATITUDE for the hardwork and dedication my daughter embodied, but I held back… trying to let humility lead my heart and actions.
Then came my dumbfounding. Such a glorious surprise gift from so many strangers, who–leaping out of their seats applauded my daughter and the entire cast of Annie, for their heartFULL dedication to creation of such a special and touching production.
Like Auggie in film/book Wonder says, every child deserves a standing ovation in their life! Every one goes through often unknowable adversity and challenges. Every human deserves an ovation. So I say, let’s cheer each other on much much more in 2018… let’s support each other through our very real and sometimes painful life of joys, risks, losses, vulnerabilities and challenges.
So here I am cheering on our beautiful daughter, and the wonderful cast of Annie, pinching myself grateful for all the LIGHT illuminating my heart tonight, and for all the memories we shall treasure.
Cheers! Cheers! Cheers! Cheering you all on up and through whatever you are going through and whatever is coming your way. The Sun’ll come out, tomorrow!
i love you. xoxo
ps here are some photos and audio from an early dress rehearsal.
(thank you to my lovely cousin Pips, for the JOY!)
I wish you a beautiful winter solstice (and summer for tother side of our world), a very Happy Christmas, and beautiful blessings upon these final days of 2016. i want to honor everything you carry in and on your heart right now. gentle hugs to you.
this past year i tried really hard to embrace more of my (perfect) imperfections, and attempted to run with them, not FROM them. the older i get, the more courage i find to truly give who I am to my friends and family.
life is fleeting and imperfect. the more i show up authentically, real, honest, and imperfect the more in tune i am with my heart, gifts and self love and compassion–and funny, but the more JOY i feel. so grateful.
so in the spirit of perfect imperfection, 😉 here’s a little gift from my heart to yours, two songs of the season.
thank you to my friend Cindy Bizzell for her beautiful accompaniment on piano for both songs.
O Holy Night
O Holy Night is one of my most favorite Christmas carols. the music was written in 1847 by Adolphe Adam using a French poem by Placide Cappeau. below is my favorite stanza that makes me daydream about what it might have been like to physically walk beside Jesus. ❤
Truly He taught us to love one another; His law is love and His gospel is peace. Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother; And in His name all oppression shall cease. Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, Let all within us praise His holy name.
Under the Holly Bough
Cindy introduced me to this lovely contemporary piece, music composed by Scott Henderson set to a poem by Charles Mackay, 1851.
from my imperfect heart to yours… sending you my love,
i’ve wanted to share this for a long time. it’s the recording of the first time my daughters and I sang together for ears and joy, other than our own.
recorded a few months ago, a sweet dream came true.
music and my daughters: two of my great and greatest loves. together we shared time and space to sing something beautiful into existence. I first heard this song when my girls were wee. when i heard it i dreamed of this possibility, and I am so grateful this happened. (i wonder if my daughters will never know how much this meant and means to me?!)
song: one voice. written by Ruth Moody of The Wailin’ Jennys. accompanied by friend/pianist Cindy Bizzell.
i’m deeply grateful for this moment: the chance to sing with my incredible daughters–my teachers–who raise me perhaps more than I am raising them. (i love you dear girls, with all of me.)
shared with our love–and our love of music.
❤ the Joybirds xoxoxo