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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Lyrics Carried Within (1of4)


Before the year ends and the phase of 'Building the Foundations' is over, I wanted to bring a few songs that are particularly significant to me and to this place. Their lyrics speak messages that I believe are key to grasping the meaning of all of this.

I didn't want to just post them, though. I wanted to get into the role and interpret them, too. As I relate to them. This is a task that isn't currently easy for me but will become so as I keep attempting it. As my first attempt, this time, I only managed to install and try the microphone, set the stage, dress up, figure out lighting and framing, and decide on how I would be formatting the captures. Ideally, next time, having less to do, I'll have a performance to show for it as well. Albeit a short snippet of it.

Killing Me Softly (With His Song), performed by the Fugees (Lauryn Hill), was my first choice for this series of four. I've loved this song since I first listened to it when it came out, decades ago, and it hasn't ceased to be special to me. Yet, it wasn't until a few years ago that I truly experienced what it expressed in excruciating pain. What's interesting to me, though, is how it speaks of unaddressed shame and other unresolved issues and how uncomfortable it can be when they're stirred and reflected back - especially in public. And you may hate the messenger for it but, at the end of the day, it is you who has inner work left to do. Because this is what artists do; they bare out their minds, hearts, souls, and sometimes even their bodies before most are ready to. And when you see yourself in it, you might not always like what you see. They've accepted themselves, but have you?

Personally, I'm thankful to those who are gentle in the process but it is also my responsibility to learn to handle even the most crude and harsh truths that they may reveal. And as long as it isn't done maliciously, I'll take it with gratitude!