On growing older and having to accept that time marches on. I present to you a song.land reflection on gratitude and the elements that offer further life, even when youth has or will pass you soon enough.
Imagine this song.land episode comes to you from deep in a cave. I’ve been reading Underland: A Deep Time Journey and recorded this episode inspired by some of the experiences and thoughts from the book.
For example, I journeyed with Robert Macfarlane into the roots of trees, where the forest shares nutrients between each other through roots and fungi. So I reflect on life at a cellular level, supporting and growing and sharing and hurting together.
This episode is a quiet episode.
If you don’t want to commit to the book, you may also enjoy listening to an interview from On Being with the author.
One day later, I recorded additional music that I appended to the end of the episode. I’m happy with what I got to express in that additional music as it helps clarify more of the specifics of love: it’s an easy policy to prescribe, yet it’s still practically hard to live a life of love when the word itself is hard to define.
“Love in the long run, Love in the long run Will find out this way to live and love one another.”
This week’s song.land meanders through the relationship between loss and gratitude. When life “…falls like dominos coming down the mountain” we can still turn to gratitude to find comfort and a brighter future.
Recorded this on the evening of Tuesday, September 12, 2019.
I reference zombies toward the end of the recording. I was inspired by the history of zombies, whose story begins in Haiti.
I then mention the sugar fields and “all our greed”. Sugar was the primary crop that cost the lives of so many people for the people of the island. The current dark truth is that it continues in our current day history. I use the A Sweet Deal episode from the Rotten Netflix series as my source of understanding this.
Salamanders compares fear with nature. When I feel afraid, I want to hide myself, that it can somehow protect me. It won’t, though, and we can look to evolution to answer why: why do bees exist? Why do so many salamanders live in the Smokies? They survived when it was time to change.
So can you, and so can I.
When I would go rock hopping Climbing over boulders larger than a house
Oh, time has worn them down But they still stand strong
That’s how I want to be Even for my few years on this earth
Two sections of today’s podcast use the ukulele. I’m happy with the songs that came out of the time with the instrument, yet the quality of this ukulele is very low and the mics I have on it are also of low quality. The intonation sounds awful. My ears tire of hearing it, so I broke up two ukulele sections with a guitar section in the middle.
That’s also why I sing about leaving a review in the middle of the episode instead of the end. That wasn’t intended when I recorded it.
“I cannot find our hope”—I was thinking of the content of Mark Manson’s latest book, which taught me that not having hope is not inherently a bad thing. Things can still be good without predicting what the future will bring, but instead accepting it as it comes.