Thoughts on book launches and music

With each day that passes, the physical launch of Stones in the Road: Poems of Grief and Growth gets nearer. I am very much looking forward to the occasion, as it seems everything I have done up to this point has been building in that direction. 

I have put together a playlist of songs which will be played in between the readings and my original songs. It’s quite a mixture, but somehow I couldn’t imagine it being anything else.

In a way, the music I have chosen reflects my journey up to this point.

Each of the five songs in their own way reflects a small part of the larger story that Stones in the Road: Poems of Grief and Growth has now become the centrepiece of.

I wanted to begin the evening with Krishna Das’ ‘Mere Gurudev’, to set the theme of offering something. I will be offering something both to the guests present at the launch, and an offering of love to the two friends who are the reason for this collection.

Then, of course, ‘My Sweet Lord’, after I have thanked everybody for coming and introduced the reason why we are all there. Perhaps my only fear is that I will not be able to hold my composure as I am talking about Chris. Thankfully, enough time has passed that I can now honour the feelings that rise silently.

Don Ross’ beautiful instrumental ‘Berkeley Springs’ spoke for me at a time when I had no words of my own strong enough to describe how I was feeling. The subtle shift in that song is one of the most moving passages in any piece of music I have ever heard. I am not well-versed in classical music, but Ross’ piece stirs me in a way that nothing else has since.

‘Prabhujee’ is yet another devotional track – a collaboration between George Harrison and Ravi Shankar. The joy and yearning evident in this song speaks volumes to me about my continued relationship with Chris, even though she is no longer physically in the world.

Finally, Dan Fogelberg’s ‘Part of the Plan’ will play just after ‘The View From The Mountain’, as that song is inextricably linked to the other in my mind. If not for Fogelberg, that song most likely would not exist.

I will most likely write again after the launch, but meanwhile I hope you enjoy listening to the selections I have made. Please feel free to leave a comment or a suggestion if something seems amiss.

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