Category Archives: Keep a Song in Your Heart

Pining For Love on Pinterest

If you haven’t discovered Pinterest, take a moment to check it out. Pinners pin images onto boards related to their interests. As with all social media platforms, Pinterest allows users to share content. Teachers use it to share educational resources; foodies share their favourite recipes; and job seekers share their competencies by using Pinterest at a virtual resume. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, I wanted to see what the Pinterest community was saying about “love”.

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I was disappointed when the search results provided image after image of women’s clothing and jewellery with the comments, “Love!” or “Love it!”. I was expecting photos of couples in amorous embrace. Where was the love on Pinterest?

I was looking for love and Pinterest left me empty handed, surely YouTube would not disappoint. I would find some love or at least some love songs. Sweet Barry White was there waiting for me. This is one of my favourite love songs. Do you have a favourite song you would like to share? Let’s keep this love fest going.

 

Stand in Your Own Light: Lessons from MusicFest

I have been a performing arts coordinator, a national parks supervisor, social worker, a Realtor, a spa therapist, a museum worker, a higher ed coordinator, an awesome bartender and a few other sundry occupations. I can market your home, counsel you on unruly children, melt away your stress with a massage while telling you about the best hikes in Yoho National Park. And if you fancy, I can mix you the best martini that you have ever had.  All of these experiences are woven into the cells of my being, but at the core, I am a creative person who sees the light that exists in everyone. I am like a moth – attracted to the light.

We have returned from another fantastic Vancouver Island MusicFest in the Comox Valley – this our 12th festival. Through the efforts of Doug Cox, Artistic Director/Executive Producer, hard-working staff, a Board of Directors and a tribe of 1200 volunteers, a sold-out crowd of 10,000 music lovers enjoyed music along the shores of the Tsolum River.

MusicFest helps to make our light shine brighter. The children bouncing up and down to the music expressing their joy – pure and uncensored. Men who have shed their business suits singing the chorus unashamed of who hears them. The 60-year old woman I met in the beer garden with a crown of ribbons cascading down her back. “I never had long hair,” she beamed.  And touching – so many hugs. Tears-running down-your-face laughter. Music is the great equlaizer and it creates magical moments.

One of the performers joked that musicians play at festivals for the joy of playing music and travel costs. “Make our parents proud and buy a CD.” I think that when we listen to music, we recognize the joy in the performers and this reminds us of the joy in ourselves. It takes courage to stand in our own light and not in the shadow of “shoulds” and “must do’s”.

Toronto-based singer, Shakura S’Aida shared a story of a choirmaster who told her parents that not only would she not be allowed to join the choir, but that she had no singing ability. Without recrimination, Shakura told parents to allow their children their dreams. Their kids would work it out on their own.

So if we have strayed, how do we step back into our own light? I think Danielle LaPorte‘s suggestion to do less of what doesn’t feed your soul and more of what does – is a good first step. Stand in your own light. Live the life that you were born to live; it is what you are best at doing. Funny that, isn’t it?

And then take it one step further. Allow others to stand in their own light. Honour their light. Hold their hand and stand with them. On the closing night of MusicFest, Buffy Sainte-Marie said it perfectly. “We are here by the skin of our teeth, so take care of your link with life.” Thank you to all the wonderful artists who shone their lights strong.

Matt Andersen performing Coal Mining Blues.

Water is Wide

I love this version of “Water is Wide” with the Indigo Girls, Jewel and Sarah Mclachlan from Lilith Fair. The words to this beautiful song can be found below.

The Water is Wide

Chorus:
The water is wide
I can’t cross o’er.
And neither I
Have wings to fly.
Give me a boat
That can carry two.
And both shall row
My love and I.

Verse 1:
My love is gentle
And love is kind.
The sweetest flower
When first it blooms.
But love grows old
And waxes cold
And fades away
Like morning dew.

Verse 2:
There is a ship
That sails the sea.
She’s loaded deep
As deep can be.
But not as deep
As the love I made
I know not how
To sink or swim.

Chorus:
The water is wide
I can’t cross over.
And neither I
Have wings to fly.
Give me a boat
That can carry two.
And both shall row
My love and I.
And both shall row
My love and I.