Jon introduced me to this song one summer years ago. We used to share songs and musicians we liked. I don’t remember how this one came up but we both must have needed it. I remember it simply as the song he told me to play when I needed to cry.

There was a bombing tonight in the UK, after a concert. So far 20 young teens have been killed and many more are missing. I imagine what those parents must be feeling, those siblings, those friends. And it breaks my heart. I feel like I’ve grown up in an era where every few months or at least every year there is a major event like this where people gathered for a beautiful reason are terrorized, and no similar event thereafter ever feels peaceful¬†again. …A concert, a movie, a church service, a class, work, the list goes on and on. No one is spared. Nothing feels safe. Nothing feels wholesome, pure, beautiful.

I just finished reading Harry Potter’s 6th book where Dumbledore dies. You read a story like that and you think this is just a book, an extremely well-written one, but a fictional story about fictional terror, nonetheless. There is no Lord Voldemort in real life, no Death Eaters, no kids losing their lives to fight Evil. Apparently I was mistaken.

Let it out. Only through acceptance of our feelings can we begin to heal…

“Song For You”
Alexi Murdoch

So today I wrote a song for you
Cause a day can get so long
And I know it’s hard to make it through
When you say there’s something wrong

So I’m trying to put it right
Cause I want to love you with my heart
All this trying has made me tired
And I don’t know even where to start

Maybe that’s a start

For you know it’s a simple game
That you play filling up your head with rain
And you know you’ve been hiding from your pain
In the way, in the way you say your name

And I see you
Hiding your face in your hands
Flying so you won’t land
You think no one understands
No one understands

So you hunch your shoulders and you shake your head
And your throat is aching but you swear
No one hurts you, nothing could be sad
Anyway you’re not here enough to care

And you’re so tired you don’t sleep at night
As your heart is trying to mend
You keep it quiet but you think you might
Disappear before the end

And it’s strange how you cannot find
Any strength to even try
To find a voice to speak your mind
When you do, all you wanna do is cry

Well maybe you should cry

And I see you hiding your face in your hands
Talking ’bout far-away lands
You think no one understands
Listen to my hands

And all of this life
Moves around you
For all that you claim
You’re standing still
You are moving too
You are moving too
You are moving too
I will move with you

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