Song For The Road

As our departure date for South Africa approaches, the nights grow longer yet sweeter.  The logistics have begun to gel, and so my attention and my heart have migrated to what I love most about this process.  I find myself awake at night, focused on recalibrating my vision to  see the world through the eyes of the person whose story I am about to tell.   At this stage I pull on their shoes and walk around in them a bit, noticing the grooves so that I can hopefully share their journey with integrity and grace…

The identity of the Traveler has not yet been revealed, but I can say that she is a she, and that we will be taking her to South Africa to explore her roots and meet a family that she didn’t know existed a short while ago.  I’ve been thinking about how a discovery of this nature must shift your perception of self…how one’s identity becomes more textured and layered…and how all of this must affect one’s most intimate relationships…

Tonight the song “Father Father” by Laura Mvula plays, poignantly, on the radio.  Its lyrics touch on the tender subject of family, and the questioning that surrounds it, but I’ve chosen to include the instrumental version here.  The soft then pronounced syncopation, the urgent then lulling pace of the piano say it all.

For me every journey is marked with music.  This tune, with so much heart, will certainly be in the mix…

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