I love the ability to select an artist on Google Play and hit “Radio” for a selection of similar music. I occasionally listen to stations such as “Open Sea Sailing Lounge” while working. When I particularly enjoy a song, I’ll add it to one of my play lists. Yesterday, I added, “Peaks and Valleys,” by Ernest Gonzales to my Yoga mix. You can listen to it here, track #4.
It’s undoubtedly beautiful, hauntingly so, but a bit sad too. I’m still torn on how I feel about it. Somehow it seems to teeter between being calming and peaceful, like much of that genre, and yet filled with despair, suited to wallowing in sadness.
Songs for Crying Accompaniment
If ever you need a song to wrench forth the tears, “Let it Be (feat. Veela)” by Blackmill will do the job! It’s below. It’s what I brought up on my phone in May, 2015 the night my Grandmom died. After driving home from my Mom’s house, and getting the kids settled, I put on running clothes and listened to that song, bawling & running through the neighborhood & some nearby woods like a crazy person. So cathartic. (That track will NEVER be on one of my Yoga Mixes while teaching!)
A friend shared the below on Facebook recently. I’ve never met him in person. I rarely friend strangers on Facebook, but he’s a fitness pro and we had friends in common. I’m glad I accepted his friend invite. We’ve even chatted a few times. He’s philosophical and fascinating. I love reflecting on how people impact our lives – even those we may never meet in person.
DS has had some trouble with being teased lately, so it was a timely post. The last thing I want to do is encourage my smart, compassionate, loving son to stop feeling deeply. There’s simply no way to suppress feelings of sadness and fear without dulling all feelings – love and joy as well. It just doesn’t work that way. And I’m well aware of that!
Armor Up & Be Careful Who You Trust
One thing I have told DS though is that it’s not only OK to lie to some other kids, but I recommend it. He doesn’t have to let the mean ones know he’s frightened. Revealing his fears is being vulnerable, and you should only be vulnerable with those you can rely on to not stab you in the heart. Thankfully, he has plenty of people in his life he can be open with – not just family, but some great friends too.
Maybe 9 years old is a bit young to be told he has to perfect his poker face, but it’s a valuable skill to have.