Hearts traveling faster than the speed of love ~ the B-52s, Topaz

52s ~ COSMIC THING ~ Topaz

A vivid memory of dancing solo on an Australian beach, the full moon intermittently obscured by racing clouds even as its rays glitterred off the cascading breakers pounding the beach. This song, Topaz, blasting at top volume from the small portable stereo speakers attached to my iPod. A breathless churning […]

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Annie’s Song ~ Notes on observing the sacraments of a sacred life

Annies Song ~ John Denver

John Denver was a gentle, loving soul of considerable talent and purpose. He sang with heartfelt clarity and graceful gravity, qualities his music often reflected. Annie’s Song is ostensibly a love song, John Denver singing a poetic list of metaphors for how grand the experience of loving a woman is, […]

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Grace on my mind, and in my heart ~ Dave Matthews

Dave Matthews Band ~ Grace is Gone -- Excuse me please, one more drink? via http://myendlessdoodles.tumblr.com/

Dave Matthews, prodigiously talented and prolific, a true minstrel of our times writing soulful, often doleful songs of our everyday experiences. Transcendent, luminescent, playful. His live performances bring together extraordinary musicians with nary a glorious note misplayed or misplaced. And at the center mic, leaving no doubt as to the […]

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Neil Young: He came dancing across the water

Zuma ~ Neil Young

I can remember the first time I heard this album, Zuma. I was all of 20 years old, ski bumming in Whistler, BC, and gathered with a bunch of friends after the bars had closed. I can’t remember her name. She was skinny and not very attractive in any traditional […]

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The Courage to Start

I started a post about courage, featuring this song, a couple or three weeks ago. It’s still sitting in the drafts folder. The Tragically Hip are a favourite Canadian band from the late ’80s and early ’90s, a time when I, and many other Canadians, considered them the best rock […]

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Cloudbusting a rainy day in Vancouver: Kate Bush is in my subconscious

Hounds of Love ~ Kate Bush

Maybe it’s due to the thick layer of clouds busting down with rain overnight and today. Maybe it’s about getting caught up in a rearward look last night. Maybe it’s about the upbeat glee of a gift and a moment shared with a friend across the miles. I’m not sure […]

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Nothing Else Matters when Bif Naked is your muse

Superbeautifulmonster ~ Bif Naked

Bif Naked came into my life in an odd way, the leading edge of a wave of the odd, the uncanny, the revelatory. This song has a lot of meaning for me, coming as it did amidst upheaval, chaos and — ultimately — awakening. And she came right into the […]

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Trying to figure out this life: I’m with you, Avril Lavigne

Let Go ~ Avril Lavigne

Every now and again I’ll find myself humming a tune — I’m usually humming a tune — somewhere in my subconscious, but, suddenly, I’ll become aware that I am, and I’ll know just as suddenly I need to figure out why… Not that I can just right now but this […]

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Remembering with Shakti: Lotus Feet and Vancouver’s Sea Wall

Remember ~ Shakti

It was a couple years ago that this piece of music resoundingly re-entered my life. The spring in Vancouver seemed to be a never-ending stream of sunny, tranquil days, riding my bicycle along the miles and miles of sea wall ringing the city. This is a spectacularly beautiful city once […]

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Peter Gabriel’s “So” — change is coming down like red rain

So ~ Peter Gabriel

The text below (with some new edits) was posted as a link on my Facebook profile a week shy of three months ago. I’d just returned from a nearly 3 month-long road trip through the western US, preceded by 2 months in Australia. The story it tells begins to describe […]

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