The Times They Are A-Changin’

Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call

Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’.
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.
Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’.
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’.
The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin’.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’.

~ Bob Dylan

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Just felt like playing this song on my harmonium today.  It has never lost its relevance as a rally cry.

This is dedicated to the badass Parkland kids who are taking care of business like the “adults” the politicians are supposed to be.

There are big things going on outside of WordPress that warrant energy and attention. And of course, as poets, we also have some civic role here to write and speak for the times. Sharing here with people who value that role is great.  I’ve been brewing on some resistance poems for a while.

However, there can be energy sucking distractions in the form of trolls and bullies in any social media arena, even WordPress. They thrive on creating drama and chaos, dragging other people into mayhem of their own delusion, imagination and creation.  Tune them out, focus on what really matters, devote love and energy to those who fill your spirit, live in the real world more than the digital, pay attention to what’s going on in the world, resist and participate, and never forget to sing once in a while.

These kids have been attacked, harassed, trolled, and bullied, even as they recover from one of the most traumatizing experiences a human can survive.  The cold, callous, sad people who have nothing better to do with their lives only find joy in other people’s misery, because they themselves are miserable.

These young adults, soon-to-be voters are examples of determination, resilience, fight, integrity, and hope.

Ignore the haters. Life is too short for that bullshit.

#marchforourlives

#neveragain
#enoughisenough
#endcyberbullying
#love
#onward
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Release

My version of “Release” by Pearl Jam. First attempt, practicing.

Felt I needed to honor my hometown boys, Pearl Jam, who are being inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame tonight in Brooklyn. They certainly deserve it. And what a time to be a teenager in Seattle, growing up in the height of the “grunge” scene. I will never forget the energy in the city. Congratulations to Eddie and the crew!

Crazy

 

My dad raised me on country music. Patsy was one of his favorites. Good memories of living room dancing with him and his baritone voice crooning in my ear…

One of the greatest songs ever, hard to sing, and written by Willie Nelson.

 

For you, Dad.

(no, he doesn’t read my blog…I don’t think. 😉 I’ll FB him.)

P.S. Patsy Cline made this look so easy.

 

Let It Be

 

I know I’m not the only one actively going through shit this year, emotionally and physically. So, I thought I’d sing this song tonight and dedicate it to the people I know who are going through challenging times, you are not alone.

Thank you for your support as I continue my long slow crawl back…

Love and light, always,

Em

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P.S. This one is good for putting earphones in and really feeling the harmonium. I set the lowest drone note for this song, the first time I’ve gone that low, and it just hits the soul…

 

Eek

Omg. Excuse me while I freak out. Remember that song I posted earlier, that I sang on my harmonium?

I just got a message from Leah Nobel herself on YouTube, it’s her song and she found my video:

“Emily- this is awesome. Your voice is beautiful & this made my day!”

Admittedly, I only just discovered her and her song yesterday, but she’s got an amazing voice, and from the songs I’ve just started listening to off her EPs, I’ve got a girl crush.

That’s the first time an artist has found a cover of mine and commented.  Typically, I don’t tag my videos, just trying to keep semi-anonymous and out of the main YouTube jetstream, but this time I did.

Eek 🙂

Not Ready to Say Goodbye

I heard this song on tv show and fell in love with it. It’s beautiful.

Here’s my version on harmonium. I was working on being delicate with harmonium (not easy) so the vocals could be in the spotlight.  A good one to trance out to with headphones in…

Hope you like it. 🙂

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Not Ready to Say Goodbye ~ Leah Nobel

I feel everything and nothing

at the same time

I’m weightless

All that I love in a moment is gone

I’m breaking

Ooooooooh, heaven knows I need this

Ooooooooh, wake me up I’m dreaming

Losing it all in the blink of an eye

I’m not ready to say goodbye

I’m not ready to say goodbye

I’m just a shell of myself

and I’ve never felt so empty

Everything’s spinning out of control

and I can’t breathe

Oooooooh, heaven knows I need this

Oooooooh, wake me up I’m dreaming

Losing it all in the blink of an eye

I’m not ready to say goodbye

I’m not ready to say goodbye

I just wanna little more time

little more time, little more time

I just wanna little more time

little more time, little more time

Oooooh, heaven knows I need this

Oooooh, wake me up I’m dreaming

Losing it all in the blink of an eye

I’m not ready to say goodbye

Oooooh, heaven knows I need this

Oooooh, wake me up I’m dreaming

Losing it all in the blink of an eye

I’m not ready to say goodbye

I’m not ready to say goodbye

Edge of Town

Really love this song. A great one to sing, and works well on my harmonium.

I discovered my new favorite place. In Seattle, our local kickass radio station is KEXP. You can listen to them online, they play everything I love and more…huge variety.

They moved last year to an awesome new location by the Seattle Center, with a gathering space with lounge couches and chairs, an excellent cafe, and a DJ booth that faces the main area so you can see them dj’ing live as they pipe the station into the room. To my surprise, they also have live in-studio performances by bands as they come through town for concerts. I’m going to be spending a lot of time there, I do believe.

So this week, I got to see the new (at least in US) band from Australia called Middle Kids, who just released their first EP last Friday, 6 killer songs. New fan. This is their song “Edge of Town.”

Edge of Town ~ Middle Kids