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Where the Streets Have No Name

A Homage to the Brave

Sometimes the bravest people are the quietest, the ones who fight private wars no one sees.

Several years ago, one song became my repeat soundtrack.  The  original video for that song, “Where the Streets have No Name,” was filmed up on a city rooftop, with a very young U2 (say, Edge with a ponytail).  Interestingly, during the band’s attempt to record that live performance, local authorities and police showed up and threatened to shut down the project. The bold open-air idea almost didn’t happen.  Which, is usually true when you choose to attempt a new way, to step out on a new path.

Resistance.

But the guys carried on, and sang their lyric commitment to follow uncharted paths. They belted pulsing sound out over neighborhood streets.  Music spilled down to the sidewalks.  Frustrated law enforcement worked to stop the process.  Gathering crowds danced. And the drama only made the scene more true to life.  Chances are good, when your life sings loudly of freedom, the closest bystanders are either going to protest … or be inspired.

I have been inspired lately.

This is my homage to the brave, to my friends who are pursuing daunting new paths.  I watch with tears, reverance, and prayer as they are delivered — out of addiction, out of bondage to past wounds, out of tangled webs of shame and lies.

This (more recent) video is my motion to dance with those of you who are choosing to step out of known bondage, into unknown ways of Holy freedom; one step at a time, in spite of resistance, on streets with no names.

With you, and for you, I dance.

Don’t give up.

Tear down the walls. Reach for the flame.

Madly

  • Kayla B.

I asked my friend, Kayla Bingham, to tell me her favorite dancing song from this past year.  After hearing the lyrics, I thought the words would be a gift to several of you who have been in your own challenging seasons.  So, I asked Kayla if we could do a little video project.  She agreed.

Kayla is currently dancing with  Odyssey Dance Theater in Utah, but when she was back in Colorado for Christmas, my son Isaac and I met her at Synergy Academy, a local dance studio. We filmed her interpretation of the song, “Madly in Love with You” by  singer/songwriter, Sean McConnell.

(When you watch, if you look carefully on the left side of the mirror wall, you can see me laying on the floor and Isaac standing by a tripod. We are trying our best to be invisible.)

This is what the dancer said about the music:

“The song gets me. It reminds me of the times where God feels silent and you get desperate and would do just about anything to hear or see or understand. You know that feeling? When you’re almost frustrated and tears are welling up and you feel like you’re bursting at the seams, and all you want in the world is for God to feel close. That’s what this dance feels like to me.
” ..I know you wish you could hear me, sometimes it’s so hard to do…but every morning’s sunrise says: I’m madly in love with you”

Thanks, Kayla.  We’ll be watching the sunrise differently …

I know you wish you could see me
That’s the way it has to be
Someday you’ll understand,
Don’t you lose your faith in me

I know you wish you could hear me
Sometimes it’s so hard to do
But every morning sunrise it says
I’m madly in love with you
Yes I’m madly in love with you

Sean Mcconnell, “Madly in Love with You

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(Song respectfully used with sole intent to generate inspiration not income. Please visit Sean McConnell’s website for more information about this talented artist.)

Fields of Gold

I used to think about this autumn love song with springtime feeling of hope for my life with my husband.  But, after entering a new and sacred journey with my recently widowed mother-in-law, I hear these words with a different ache.

The images of golden fields before harvest remind me of the beauty I see in older couples’ ripened years and full seasons of memories.

“But I swear in the days still left, we’ll lie in fields of gold…”

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Fields of Gold” sung by Eva Cassidy

Lyrics, by Sting

Beautiful Things

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Beautiful Things


“… All this earth
Could all that is lost ever be found
Could a garden come up from this ground at all

… You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us … ”

Gungor, “Beautiful Things

Hurt

Katie Herzig, Live at the Fillmore, “I Hurt Too”

Even though you are drowning in valleys of echoes
I believe there is peace in those hills up ahead
You will climb ‘til you find places you’ll never let go
And I will also be here praying just like I said

I hurt too, I hurt too.

I Am

“The Great I Am”

Two Reasons:

1.) These lyrics speak to the best longing, hope, and truth.

2.) My son, Andrew, is in the choir.

What could be better?

“The Great I Am”
by Jared Anderson