Tuesday, November 18, 2008

By George, It's Got Healing Power

Please forgive a partial re-post on this Music Monday. No matter how many times I attempted to put into words all that comes to mind - and more to the point, what leaves my mind healed - when I listen to George Winston, nothing can capture it as much as part of this post back in July when I wrote this poem:

As my world was crashing around me
hers was blowing into bits, and
we both wound up
(as daily as possible)
in her kitchen,
broken and drawn together.

We neither had a magic wand:
I couldn't bring back her babies;
She couldn't make my mother not suffer
or become un-terminal.

Scrabble games and tea,
George Winston and talking,
keeping each other alive and upright
just by sitting there.

I owe an overdue letter to this friend I've not talked to in far too many years, a friend I think of almost daily and a friend who introduced me to the beauty that is George Winston on the piano. In doing so, she also gave me a gift that just reaches inside my core and heals something in ways I can't describe. I suspect it has something to do with what the piano means to me personally. No, I'm not good at playing the piano, but it's been a part of me in ways I might share some day.

Maybe this music does the same for you. Maybe not. I just guessing at what your day might be like, but I'd bet you probably owe it to yourself at some point in your day to just pause and just listen to one or both of these, even just in part if you are short on time. A hot beverage is optional but recommended. If you keep it on in the background while you make your bloggy rounds are off getting something super productive done, please just come back to let me if it does something or nothing for you, k?

This one is a shorter version of "Colors/Dance" from the Autumn album (if your spirit longs for more, the longer version with gorgeous snowy video but that doesn't allow embedding in this post is here):

From the December album, "Variations on the Kanon by Johann Pachelbel" is a beautiful take on a classic you'll probably recognize:


  1. One of my favorite GW albums is "The Velveteen Rabbit", narrated by Meryl Streep. Lovelovelove "December", though. I must've listened to it a jillion times in college!

  2. Canon in D is one of my all time favorite pieces of music. He plays it wonderfully.

  3. Those are gorgeous. I had never heard George Winston's music before. Like you, the sounds of a piano reaches my inner core as well. It's always been a dream of mine to play well. Thank you for sharing those.

  4. such a beautiful sad poem... i don't know this music, gonna have me a listen.


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