The Playlist in My Brain #2

I spend a lot of time listening to and pondering music, these days. During those long and sometimes frustrating feedings, singing or listening to music calms both me and Lydia. When I write these posts, I envision someone reading the description & excerpts, then listening to the song, one by one. Whether that’s what actually happens or not is up to you, but that’s what I had in mind if it helps these posts make sense. I love poetry, so this series comes in part from that. This is the "moving forward" set of songs and the ones that help motivate me during the hard moments. Truthfully, today was a frustrating day, so here's to sending good vibes out into the universe and hoping that tomorrow goes better. 

For acceptance. For driving down the canyon with your arm lazily riding on the wind out the window. For parking and sitting on a remote rock with your eyes closed while the sun warms your face. For finding peace with the here and now and realizing that life is beautiful, even with the hard. For seeing and appreciating everything with new eyes.

Little Wonders - Rob Thomas

Let it go
Let it roll right off your shoulders
Don't you know
The hardest part is over?
Let it in
Let your clarity define you
In the end
We will only just remember how it feels

Let it slide
Let your troubles fall behind you
Let it shine
Until you feel it all around you
And I don't mind
If it's me you need to turn to
We'll get by
It's the heart that really matters in the end

Our lives are made
In these small hours
These little wonders
These twists and turns of fate
Time falls away
But these small hours
These little wonders still remain


For Dan, who knows. 

If That's What it Takes - Celine Dion

You're the bravest of hearts, you're the strongest of souls
You're my light in the dark, you're the place I call home...

Through the wind and the rain, through the smoke and the fire
When the fear rises up, when the wave's ever higher...

When the storm rises up, when the shadows descend
Ev'ry beat of my heart, ev'ry day without end...

I will lay down my heart, my body, my soul
I will hold on all night and never let go
Ev'ry second I live, that's the promise I make
Baby, that's what I'll give, if that's what it takes


For Lydia. A promise.

I Won't Give Up - Jason Mraz

When I look into your eyes
It's like watching the night sky
Or a beautiful sunrise
There's so much they hold

And just like them old stars
I see that you've come so far
To be right where you are
How old is your soul?...

I don't wanna be someone who walks away so easily
I'm here to stay and make the difference that I can make

Our differences they do a lot to teach us how to use
The tools and gifts we got, yeah, we've got a lot at stake...

We had to learn how to bend without the world caving in
I had to learn what I've got, and what I'm not, and who I am...

We've got a lot to learn
God knows we're worth it...

I won't give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I'm giving you all my love
I'm still looking up


From a mama to my baby girl. For the ten sizes my heart has grown since you came into our lives. For the tiny sacred moments that make everything else worth it and my awe at the depth of you. For love and peace and a very bright future.

Lullaby - Dixie Chicks

They didn't have you where I come from
Never knew the best was yet to come
Life began when I saw your face
And I hear your laugh like a serenade

I slip in bed when you're asleep
To hold you close and feel your breath on me
Tomorrow there'll be so much to do
So tonight I'll drift in a dream with you

As you wander through this troubled world
In search of all things beautiful
You can close your eyes when you're miles away
And hear my voice like a serenade

How long do you wanna be loved?
Is forever enough, is forever enough?
How long do you wanna be loved?
Is forever enough?
'Cause I'm never, never giving you up