I am sorry, oh so very sorry. It has been ages since I last published something; anything. Life, studies, work, crises; happiness and sadness and chilly autumn days following an incredibly warm summer (both in Europe and the Americas!) The thing is, sometimes so much is happening and so much needs to be said, it is impossible to make any sense of it all.
“The kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force”, declares Matthew 11:12. I must confess I have never quite grasped the whole meaning of this Scripture. However, it comes to mind often, these days. Now more than ever I feel it, and by feeling I mean truly feeling it; in my guts, on my skin, in the passive desperation that so easily and so often overcomes some of us living in this globalized, yet dehumanized – and dare I say spiritless – world. Whenever this happens and I feel I can’t take it any longer, it is then I am most compelled to endlessly listen to music, to hear my words spoken by others, to find solace in their findings, their observations; in the silent agreement between listener and the one listened to.
Soothing repetition? predictable phrases? (for I have listened to them thousands of times) encouraging beats lending me some of the singer’s courage to face life just one more day? Whatever it is that’s contained in music, it reminds me that we all are capable of seeing, saying and acting out truth, regardless of our religious, social or endless other inclinations. That we choose to or not to do it is another matter. It is, upon being reminded of such thing, that my hope is rekindled. I probably still disagree with many ideas, positions and ways of life out there; I still believe, in my heart of hearts – especially as I witness my generation, different eye color, skin tone, clothes or language around throughout the world, yet still my generation – God is the final hope for humanity, and still I am able to see that we’ve all “got it” within us: the basic ability to perceive, receive and utter truth which, in turn may foster love, create trust and enable faith that may lead us to get our act together.
All that to say, yes, I have been busy and yes, many things concern me – some of them not even remotely related to Sweden – yet that’s no excuse for being absent for so long. (side note: I’ve seriously considered whether I should drop blogging, due my lack of commitment) so in an attempt to redeem myself a bit, I offer you “the ultimate list of songs echoing my thoughts or lifting my spirits lately”. Perhaps you’ll find more meaning and better messages in them than throughout this rant.
p.s. There are a couple ones in Swedish… you know, so as to keep the blog’s overall theme somewhat alive. ;)
– in Swedish –
– in Sámi (joiking included) –
– in Spanish (close to my heart, thinking of Mexico, these days) –
Natalia Lafourcade et. al –Derecho de nacimiento
– in English –
– in Danish –