Fall is my favorite time of the year for many reasons. But the main reason I love autumn, is it signifies change. And with change, I find myself holding closer to those things that keep me grounded and whole.
Of course, for me, music is one of those things I cling too when dealing with change, not only within seasonal change, but within the changes of life.
The song “Stone of Grief,” was written during a challenging time a couple of years ago. Not necessarily for me, but for the person on the journey of change and healing. I present this song, again, for you who are walking a road-less traveled, so that you may find encouragement on that road. I also share this song for those who are coming along side those treading the waters of change.
October 24th would have been my sister Martha’s 58th birthday. She died at the tender age of 3 1/2 from a Wilms tumor. Which today, she would have most likely survived.
She has always been a big part of our family history, even though I was too young to remember her. Over the years I’ve written a few songs in her memory and as tributes to her short life. This is my most recent song written earlier this year.
As I often do during good weather, I will sit on my front porch, often with my guitar in hand, looking into the soul of my neighborhood. Because music draws people in, I have found myself engaged with many different people over the years as I strummed.
“My Neighborhood,” explores the confluence of community within the ordinary lives of extraordinary people within their own neighborhoods. You might see yourself, literally and figuratively, with this new video, which was filmed, edited and produced by my daughter, Aubrey.
What I like about this song is the surprise ending, lyrically.
Overcoming trauma and suffering is no easy task. For some, it can take a lifetime. But when you choose to walk down a road less traveled, and then reach out for some help, you are at your most vulnerable. Many won’t understand the road you are on. Though intentions may be sincere, the hurt caused by ignorance can run deep.
This song is about such a journey. It might be your own, or someone you know. May you find hope among the thistles and jagged edges, as you seek your own healing and wholeness. May others come beside you, to lift your own- “Stone of Grief.”