Welcome to song.land, a podcast where the goal is to find joy in life through musical reflection. In tonight’s weird episode, explore screaming your shame into the woods so the trees can turn the carbon dioxide into oxygen. Welcome to song.land.
Inspiration for this episode comes from a few areas:
Screaming in the Woods comes from a YouTube blog post (whatever that is called? Blog posts are now on YouTube‽) from The School of Life. I can’t find the article now, so watch their channel on YouTube and learn a lot.
I wouldn’t have my understanding of shame and vulnerability if it were not for the popular Brené Brown. Thank you for what you’ve championed for the world, Brené.
Science. Plants breathe in CO2 and breathe out oxygen. We would not be here without the help of plant cells.
Check out Journey Into the Microcosm on YouTube. It’s a wonderful peak at leaf on a microscopic scale. It reminds me to be thankful for how I get to live, in relative safety and where my deepest fears and enemies are most foods at the supermarket (no thanks to you, greed), and not having a job that provides affordable health insurance. I’m not afraid of dying tomorrow, yet my single-celled friends are.
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.