graceland

There are so many defining moments that we have in life.

One of those moments for me was hearing Paul Simon’s Graceland album growing up. I listened to each song, one after another…after another…after another, until each word was ingrained into my brain.

I can’t say particularly why I felt the need to repeatedly listen, it probably had something to do with the fact that I only had so many CDs to play, but there’s just that connection there that felt so important to me. So much joy. I’m sure part of it had to do with my fascination with Elvis! “Going to Graceland” was providing hope, because I wanted to go there so much to see and feel what Elvis was all about.

A few years ago, we had floor tickets to see Mumford & Sons, and it was one of the most beautiful concerts that I have been to.  They are so absolutely connected with their music and their words and their instruments it really is quite amazing to be a witness of.

To see someone expressing themselves so openly and vulnerable. And then SHARING their talent with all of us…so incredibly inspiring.

I popped their concert DVD in yesterday for the first time, and it starts out with Lover’s Eyes and I was watching and remembering being there and they had all of the lights out until about 3/4 of the way into the song and then it just hits you…BAM! Lights on and full out music and it was just like being right there in the concert again.

And then….the trumpet and the trombone start playing and I am overwhelmed.

Tears of beauty and connection and light and hope and love all just rolled up into one big ball of gratitude. 

That I was able to go and see them, that I am able to hear their music and witness their talent, that I am able to feel that connection to something that it way bigger than me. MAGICAL.

I also have Paul Simon’s concert DVD so we threw that in as well and it brought me right back to high school and all of my memories there.  Slip Sliding away is one of my favorites and I love this line…

You know the nearer your destination, the more your slip sliding away.

Albert Einstein said it best, “The more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know.”

Of all of the things that I have learned, it’s to keep pursuing those things that you find interesting. Research them, enjoy them and then share what you do know, because someone may just be looking for that one thing that you’ve been holding on to.

 

Much love, Christy