Healing Through Music: The View Down Here

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The most powerful songs find pain as their muse. My son Liam just posted a song he had been working on dealing with the loss of some people close to us. How do you express the pain you enter into when suicide has stolen a life?  How do you work through the loss of a life that has shaped you? Music has a way of helping us weave our way through the emotional journey. When Liam posted his song I took a listen and loved it. But what hit me more was the place in his soul where the song came from. Here is what he said about the song:

Written to commemorate those we have lost unexpectedly, and have impacted my life in radical ways. Rest in peace to Bill Bedell, Tyler Bushmiller, and Paul Lee. I miss you all so much.

Also to everyone else that I have lost under similar circumstances, but did not directly influence the creation of this song. Far from forgotten. Cody Botten, Berkely Repp, Josh Fisher, Don and Jean Shultz, Kirk Lewis, and oh so many more. Thank you all, for everything.

Take a listen…

Verse 1:
Somber melodies have brought me here,
And ones of hope have been unable
To lift me from this low
I think I’m alone,
The streets became wide,
And I’m stuck under this water, under this tide

Chorus:
Loneliness tastes like metal in my mouth,
And I constantly try to wash it out,
Ever since your one way ticket to the fields I don’t know
I’ve grown a bit older, but it’s colder below


Verse 2: 
Little did I know
That your presence everyday
Quietly meant everything
The day you were lost,
I learned the evils of Earth,
Fairness was a thing of our dreams
Chorus:
Loneliness tastes like metal in my mouth,
And I constantly try to wash it out,
Ever since your one way ticket to the fields I don’t know
I’ve grown a bit older, But it’s colder below
To say I miss you, To say that I missed a lot
To Say I miss you, To say that I missed a lot
(My opportunity slipped through my hands, like grains of sand)
2013 © Liam Wright Music
All Rights Reserved

credits

released 04 August 2014

Sunday Night quotes 4/15/2012-Story

Today I talked about changing the story that you find yourself in. Sometimes we spend years trying to get out of a story only to find that we were fighting against what our soul truly wanted. God often allows us to hit the wall as we try to change the storyline of life…sometimes we hit the same wall over and over…as we circle back again to familiar terrain, it’s time to look at the story differently…perhaps see what God is up to in the midst, and allow Him to craft the storyline with and for us…This week, here are some quotes on story for you to ruminate on! As I post tonight I am in Portland, very cool city, I wonder what story God might invite me into if I pay attention 🙂

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
~Maya Angelou

A boy’s story is the best that is ever told.
~Charles Dickens

No story is the same to us after a lapse of time; or rather we who read it are no longer the same interpreters.
~George Eliot

Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.
~C. S. Lewis

If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.
~Orson Welles

All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them.
~Isak Dinesen

A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end… but not necessarily in that order.
~Jean-Luc Godard

The inner spaces that a good story lets us enter are the old apartments of religion.
~John Updike

The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it.
~James M. Barrie

Now you know the rest of the story.
~Paul Harvey

The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.
~Rumi

Christianity is the story of how the rightful King has landed, you might say in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in His great campaign of sabotage.
~C.S. Lewis

My friend invented Cliff’s Notes. When I asked him how he got such a great idea, he said, “Well, first I… I just… well, to make a long story short…”
~Steven Wright

The universe is made of stories, not atoms.
~Muriel Rukeyser, poet

Great Stories happen to those who can tell them.
~Ira Glass

The Book of the Shepherd: Book Review

Shepherd
I was truly hoping to like
this book. I am a fan of the business parable genre as well as using modern day
parables to teach. The Book of the Shepherd sounded like it might deliver a
parable that would affect the way we live.

I quickly glanced at the
book and checked out the jacket credits and thought, “hmm.” Paulo Coelho,
author of “The Alchemist” endorsed it as did James Redfield (author of The
Celestine Prophecy) and even Meredith Vieira (co-host of the Today Show).

The jacket credits,
interestingly enough, had no Christian endorsement. I am not a person who
limits his reading, believing there is something I can learn from everyone, so
I sat down and began reading the smallish book published by Harper Collins.

In a nutshell…an ancient
book is discovered in the house of deceased Professor Orlando Roberts. The new
owner of his house, Joan Davis, finds the ancient scroll and has it translated.
The vellum describes a “New Way” of living, and the journey begins.

The story begins in a small
village where three events transpire that set the book in motion. A young boy
is abused by his father; a shepherd decides to intervene in the domestic
situation, and the young boys sister becomes guardian and is removed from her
home with her little brother. The set-up is a world without grace.

The book moves quickly
through very short chapters as the three travelers are introduced to various
people who have a truth to instill and directions for the next leg of their
journey to help them find a scroll that will reveal this new way of life.

There was never a moment for
me in this fabolic-quest book that I said, “Wow, that was powerful.” The
character development was shallow at best and never really drew me into the
story. At times I thought, “Okay, now maybe we will strike some gold, but alas,
it was always fools gold.

With each new chapter there
was hope for something profound to be spoken or said or revealed, but it never
happened. I felt like the author was trying to write an Alchemistic-esk book,
but fell far short of it on both the content, and the writing.

“The book has no teeth” was the phrase that keep going through my mind…and
then I noted that most of the spiritual maxims that the author brought in were
from Gnostic sources (The Gospel of Thomas), or other New Age writers. The
author wove the Golden Rule (treating others the way you would want to be
treated, reciprocity), with Gandhi’s, “Be the change you want to see”. With
these tow thoughts combined, the author creates a “New Way” for us to journey
on and calls this new way “The Law of Sacrifice.”

The Law of Sacrifice moves
us from the mantra of the Old Testament: An eye for an eye: to the new path of
loving our neighbor as our self. The author garners her concept for the new way
by adapting  St. Francis of
Assisi’s’ “Peace Prayer” and calls that the Law of Substitution.

I love that prayer, my only
wish is that the author would not have changed it, and then given Francis
credit for writing it.

So, save your money. This is
a weak book. Better yet, go and buy a book about St. Francis of Assisi and be
challenged to live a life devoted to the betterment of each other…I’m sure that
will have more teeth than this book!

~M.C Wright