Sunday, January 08, 2012

Autobiographical CD 2011: Thinking about Home

I've just finished my latest autobiographical CD. This has become a ritual I enact whenever I feel ready to sum up the recent experiences of my life. It began when I was living in New Mexico at the suggestion of my dear friend Jessica, who has been making them ever since high school. I've made six or so and each has it's own flavor, just as each year of life does. (Think of that Frank Sinatra song "A Very Good Year".)

This year, the selections seems to be all about the challenges of married life, but as I listened through my old mixes, I found another thread that runs through every one: Home.

When Eric and I came across the Swahili word "Kazana" in Kenya, it touched the heart of the matter. It means "To Make a Home". We both felt that this was exactly what we were doing by marrying. We created a home that is not a place on earth, but a sacred bond between him and I.

This year, the CD closes with the tune "Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Here are some of the lyrics that sum up that sentiment perfectly.

Alabama, Arkansas,
I do love my Ma & Pa

Not the way that I do love you

Holy Moley, Me-oh-My,
you're the apple of my eye

Girl, I’ve never loved one like you

Man, oh man, you’re my best friend,
I scream it to the nothingness

There ain’t nothin’ that I need

Well, hot & heavy, pumpkin pie,

chocolate candy, Jesus Christ

There ain’t nothin’ please me more than you

Ahh, Home
Let me come Home

Home is wherever I’m with you

La la la la, take me Home
Baby, I’m coming Home

I’ll follow you into the park,
through the jungle, through the dark

Girl, I’ve never loved one like you

Moats & boats & waterfalls,
alley ways & pay phone calls

I’ve been everywhere with you

That’s true

We laugh until we think we’ll die,
barefoot on a summer night
Nothin’ new is sweeter than with you

And in the streets we're running free
like it's only you and me
Geez, you’re somethin' to see.

Ahh, Home
Let me come Home
Home is wherever I’m with you

I'll be sure to share photos of my cover art and the entire playlist soon. My friend Gwen is sending out copies of her mix for 2011- pop over and check it out! Which songs sum up this year for you?

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