Monday, May 31, 2010

playlist for getting the summer together

Though it feels like mid/end of July means no summer, forget what you know. Forget that the school supplies are filling up the shelves in stores and that
It is not really forgetting is it? No because so many reminders exist that insist otherwise so that if you said to yourself "summer isn't going to end" not only would you feel overwhelmed, you'd feel foolish too. Wherever you are, I try to picture that place as a start. Not a "fresh start" but a place where I am going to begin. If you have so many options you not only pitch a fork in your road you also force cracks in even the shortest roads. So today, try to let go. Believe that because you enjoy your summer, your life, your day, that it is yours.
This little exercising in letting go is really about what you find after redefining.
This morning I felt overwhelmed with a Monday. I sat frustrated and then paced my house as I faced the things I spent the weekend trying to have "ready". I turned on my radio, and danced around in my shorts and band t-shirt from the previous summer.
I am here I said. Not to the radio DJ. Not to my mother in the kitchen below me. To no one in particular I felt like I could adventure out on whatever the rest of summer had to offer. And whatever the rest of my day can bring.

Find your own summer
suggested with these songs

Good Vibrations Beach Boys
Happy Together Turtles
Summergirls LFO
Daydream Believer Monkees
In the Sun She and Him
Mr. Jones Counting Crows
Beautiful Life Ace of Base
Bitches... Ben Folds
Seasons in the Sun Terry Jack
The Chain Ingrid Michaelson

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Now is here

Start with the beginning. Beginnings like adventures come just in time. You can create a beginning when you think you are at the end. Thursdays, 5PMs, Aprils in a spring academic semester can all be fresh. Life doesn't need a calendar, only you.

The Beatles' put it to a beat: " I don't know why you say goodbye I say hello". Perhaps because goodbyes and hellos are very similar: both are uncertain yet hopeful if you are apprehensive, excited or unsure then start with what you like. what you like is what you know. even if you don't know what you want you will find out based on what you already know about yourself. If you get lost, listen to the music, and to the first things you learned- "yes", "no", "please", "thank you". It will take you to where you want to go.
the hardest thing sometimes is convincing ourselves we can make this love, appreciation, and trust stick to ourselves.
I believe in each one of you to get stuck.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Limit to your love- Feist
Time is on my side- Irma Thomas
More than words- Extreme
Yesterday- Beatles
I will- Beatles
Summer wind- Frank Sinatra
Starting Now- Ingrid Michaelson
Come fly with me- Michael Buble
Learn how to fall- Paul Simon
For you- Mamas and the Papas