go + sing to the mountain

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first of all, let me say a great big THANK YOU to everyone who has taken part in the questions + answers post from the other day (find the post here)! it has been a thrill to read your answers and see what questions you’ve come up with. don’t you just love community?!

ok. now on to today’s post… i have been excitedly waiting since the beginning of november to share this with you.

as you know, or don’t know, maybe, i am a big music lover. while i wouldn’t consider myself a musician or a singer, i can play + i can sing – somewhat. hehe. in any case, music is and always has been a huge part of my daily life – and an extra little liz-fact: i am a genius when it comes to lyrics. true story. if you play it, i can sing it. hehe.

anyway, music touches me so very deeply, expressing things otherwise difficult to say or even process. the lyrics + instruments of a song lift + ground my soul all at the same time. i’m sure you know what i mean.

when i ran across the song that i have attached below, i loved how it sounded, but i didn’t really pay it too much attention. and then, one day, in the end of my meditation time in the morning, I came across the song again. as it began to play, i was carried away in my mind. i was deep in the midst of a magical forest, with a cracking bonfire, and bright stars above me. in my meditation, i danced around that fire, and i celebrated the powerful moments that i have had late at night, all alone – just me + the mountains.

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here’s one of the powerful moments that i remembered: about 20-25 years ago i went camping with my family. i decided to wander away from our campsite  quite late in the evening to get some time alone. to just soak in the night. i vividly remember stopping at one point, under the trees where there was a clearing, in a space where i could see the dark sky up above me. only, it wasn’t dark. it was sparkling + twinkling with millions of stars. and, in that moment, i experienced a deep connection with the universe – with all that is and was and will be – like i had never experienced before. i was so small, and yet so important. i was so alone, and yet completely connected. connected even to you, who i do not know, or you, who i did not yet know, and you, who i have known for years.

on that mountain that night my soul sang. there were no words. there was only the music of my heartbeat and the beep breathing of the natural world all around me.

and so, when i heard this song below a couple of weeks ago, i was immediately transported back to that moment in my teenage years. and i felt those feelings, again. not in exactly in the same way, of course, but with the same emotions. all that my soul wanted to do was to sing to the mountain, again + again. and, i realized, that who i was back then – and those moments that touched me so deeply, are some of the same things that still touch me so deeply today. and with that realization, i knew that i had a found a true, authentic part of my soul – an unchanging, unwavering piece of me

i leave you, now, with this song… so excited to share it with you. i didn’t attach a youtube video on purpose. i want you to just listen. listen + be. let your mind flow. just feel whatever comes. and celebrate that you, too, are an integral part of this great, vast, magical, beautiful, mysterious universe.

wishing you magical, starry nights of soul-filling light + love. xx

| the lyrics |

Let the fires burn tonight
Let the jugs of wine get drunk
Let the truth be known tonight
Don’t go let yourself hide

Go and sing to the mountain
Go and sing to the moon
Go and sing to just about everything
Cuz everything is you

Listen to the rhythm
Of your heart play like a drum
Listen to the night call
Singing songs from all around

Go and sing to the mountain
Go and sing to the moon
Go and sing to just about everything
Cuz everything is you

And let your voice go
Let it pierce through your soul
And let your voice go
Let it pierce through your soul

connect with your native soul

i decided that i wanted to make a special playlist for november. well, i have actually promised myself to make a playlist for every month throughout the entire year – up until my 41st birthday next september. – but i just had some sort of feeling about november’s playlist. i wanted something spiritual and grounded, but something that also honored the history of this land – but with a different focus. something not so traditionally  pilgrim-white man-eurocentric focused.

i was excited about creating my november playlist, but i had not really given it any thought at all. and here it was only a day away from november. well, i started gathering some songs on tuesday and finished thursday morning. in between, as i selected songs, i decided on a theme. i don’t remember how i came up with the idea of letting november become “native november“, but the moment that the word “native” snuck out of my mouth, i knew that it was perfect.

think about it: in both hemispheres we have beautiful natural transformations happening, with the autumn + spring giving way to winter + summer. so, i wanted to honor the earth. and i wanted to celebrate the thanksgiving holiday in a way that i never have before: by spending the weeks leading up to it by focusing on native americans rather than pilgrims, even if one of my direct descendants was one of the original pilgrims. but, this year, i wanted the focus of my thanksgiving, my november, to be natural, organic, ceremonial, spiritual, and wild + free.

then i began searching high + low for songs whose titles had something to do with nature – and/or native american culture and symbols. i gathered music that sounded a bit like bluegrass, or music that was clearly meant for the wild west., and, of course some native chants.

finally, it all came together. and i was so very excited. it felt so right. with the music part completed, i moved on to designing an image to capture the essence and the vibe of my native november. after that was done, all i needed to do was put it out there for y’all to find.

so here it is. i truly hope that you like it, and that it beckons you to a simpler, more grounded + grateful month.

click here to go to the playlist on spotify.

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may your november days be filled with simplicity, good food + drink, family + friends, and a natural, spiritual connection with all people + the earth.

light + love.

 

be the king of your life

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the amazing swedish (!) folk duo first aid kit, whom i completely adore, are going to be in asheville tonight – and we’ve got tickets!! yes, we saw them just this past spring in carrboro, nc (you can read all about that trip here and here), but when we heard at that concert that they were returning to asheville, we just had to buy tickets. we have missed them either here or in sweden for years… so finally we get to see them in our home city! and word is, they absolutely love asheville (who doesn’t?!), so i am expecting it to be an energetic and inspiring concert!

these two sisters are incredible – embracing a wild, authentic, free-spirited life, poetically singing of dreams + challenges + never giving up, they are always chasing the open road or embracing all that is natural. and their voices… oh my god. they are what bliss sounds like.

so, tonight, i’ll be standing right there, soaking up every little second – experiencing my own little bliss and filling up on earthy, real, wild inspiration.

i’ll be reminded, once again, to be true myself and to follow my path – that i am the king of my world, most definitely with my head in the stars + my feet in the sky, chasing my dreams and ready for all of the challenges/changes/adventures that lie ahead of me.

join me, and reign over your kingdom too.

light + love. xx