A Better Place

Last night I was needing and searching for a way to get back to “a better place.” Not that there was ever a time that didn’t present its own challenges but I think you’d agree there have been times in the past that seemed sublimely free of the challenges we face today. 
This morning the benevolent universe had a great gift for me by way of YouTube, a beautiful memory of a night at the coliseum in Portland when time stood still, full to the brim with happy feelings about myself, the world, the future … total and complete goodness. It was a Sarah McLachlan concert. This may very well have been recorded that night. 
I’m hoping you can put on your headphones and go back with me to that night, 20 or so years ago, and live again some very beautiful sounds, smiling faces, just plain goodness. Simple but exquisite piano chords, pitch perfect voices in right harmony, perfect words forming wonderful worlds. The fact that Sarah has always taken me back to early memories of my mother? Yeah, that’s good too. 


  1. Richard A Manhire says

    Thanks so much for directing my attention to Sarah McLachlan this morning. You’re going to find this amazing, but I never got into her music way back when she was so popular. I’m sure had I given her a respectable “listen to” I would have really loved her sound and message. Her voice is so pure, and you’re right, her backup folks are really good too. The epiphany I experienced this morning was that of uncovering a precious jewel. I must have listened to 5 of her songs, and I’ll go back and listen again.

    You’re so right when you say Music can transport you back to another time and place. And usually those times and places hold special, if not sacred, meanings for us all. Like you said “It is a gift” we can share again and again with the people, your Mom for example, who were so special to you. Feelings/emotions are the best form of an “unwritten” language” we all posses.

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