RSS

Category Archives: Prayers & Blessings

better than chocolate-America the Beautiful & J.T.

For a middle aged woman like me, it doesn’t get much better than James Taylor singing American the Beautiful at the second inauguration of Barack Obama.  It’s up there with chocolate and chardonnay, an afternoon on the Seine and under the covers with my lover.

The simple pleasures. Acoustic. Mellow. Sweet.

Oh, beautiful, for spacious skies

As he delivers that breathless line on the podium in Washington D.C., I feel the expanse of possibility

For amber waves of grain

And the comfort of the familiar

For purple mountain majesty

And the pride of this country, passing leadership peaceably

Above the fruited plain

And the blessings that abound

America! America!

The name of the Beloved

God shed his grace on thee

This “noble experiment”

And crown thy good with brotherhood

In a place where tolerance thrives

From sea to shining sea.

James finished his tender rendition of America the Beautiful there, but in an interview with Charlie Rose just before the inauguration, he referenced the significance of another verse:

America! America!
God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.

I feel a deep sense of satisfaction inside when a musician whose music has been ministering to me all my life lends his voice on behalf of that which is good and true and enduring.

“I really love this president,” James says. “I love what it says about America, that we were able to elect this man.”

Happy Valentines USA!

(Don’t forget: the State of the Union address, tomorrow night: 2/12/13 Lincoln’s birthday.)

Kelly Salasin, Februrary 2013

About these ads
 
 

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

11 Songs for V-Day, 1 Billion Rising

I refuse to watch as more than a billion women experience violence on the planet. I’m joining V-Day on 02.14.13 in a global strike to demand an end to the violence.

one-billion-rising-t-card2

(Note: 1 song each day, for a total of 11, culminating on V-Day.)

#1  Wild Horse, Eliza Gilkyson

#2  Come Ye, Nina Simone

#3 Love Your Vagina Song

#4 This is to Mother You, Sinead O’Connor with Mary J. Blige & Martha B.

#5  I Ain’t Movin, Des’ree

#6  Wings, Little Mix

#7  Unwritten, Natasha Bedingfield

#8  The Lord is my Shepherd, Bobby McFerrin

#9 TESTIMONY, Ferron (Women’s Work)

#10  Behind the Wall, Tracy Chapman

#11 Wide Awake, Tuck & Patti

BONUS TRACK: Second Wind, C.J. Luckey, featuring Lisa Salasin Noffsinger

~Playlist created by YogaDance Instructor Kelly Salasin, Southern Vermont; on Facebook at: Yoga & YogaDance with Kelly Salasin

563306_519540608086802_704021276_nMore about One Billion Rising:

ONE IN THREE WOMEN ON THE PLANET WILL BE RAPED OR BEATEN IN HER LIFETIME.*

ONE BILLION WOMEN VIOLATED IS AN ATROCITY

ONE BILLION WOMEN DANCING IS A REVOLUTION

ONE BILLION RISING IS:

A global strike
An invitation to dance
A call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends
An act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers
A refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given
A new time and a new way of being

 
2 Comments

Posted by on February 4, 2013 in Events, Events, Prayers & Blessings, YOGADANCE

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 689 other followers

%d bloggers like this: