Background and Inspiration

A bit of background for the inspiration of my site name and tagline:

Sometimes I surf Amazon, looking for new music to listen to. Some of these searches reveal little tidbits of free music that they offer periodically to promote new artists. Some of this music is really not my type of music. Others are such that I want to find out about the artist, listen to her songs, and perhaps even buy a CD. Christa Wells was one of those artists. A free song offer led to me finding her website and purchasing her debut solo album, Frame the Clouds, which I have reviewed here. She also has an amazing blog.

Recently, she put a rough draft of a new song she wrote up on Youtube. It’s not the best quality; it’s filmed at her home and is only her lovely voice and her piano. Despite all that, I have been listening to this song almost on repeat ever since I found it: it has an incredibly beautiful melody.

You work to be loved
You love to be known
You know how to hurt
You hurt on your own
But your soul is a desert

The rest of the lyrics can be found here.

To me, this song sounds sad. Someone is dry, barren, stripped down. At the same time, the song is so full of assurance, of hopefulness.

Of faith.

Despite the fact that storms keep coming before the person is ready, despite the fact that the person seems to keep losing what she has and draining all the resources she seems to have, she is coming to a realization that she might already have what she needs. Perhaps she does not know it yet, but she will find out. Despite the fact that she is also hurting, alone, and in need of love, she is gradually learning that that which she needs most is something she will never lose. Something that is there for the taking.

And this is something I can readily identify with. Often times, I do feel alone, hurt, and unloved — that as the days pass the storms keep on coming before I am ready to face them. However, it seems that these storms are wearing me down to a seed, a realization of one truth — that I have been loved from the start.

And that makes me happy.

But your eyes are an ocean flooding over the levy
Storms keep on coming before you are ready
Oh, and they’re taking the whole place down to the seed
Til all that you have…is all that you need

– Christa Wells: “All That You Need”

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The work on this site is my property and may not be used for anything without my express permission. For my permission, simply comment on this page with your contact information and I will get back to you.

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All quotes from books are used under the fair use part of the copyright law, for review purposes as well as other things. I don’t earn any money from my reviews on this site.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you will be inspired.

*Current header image and background image taken by me. It’s from T.S. Eliot’s the Waste Land.










The Gravatar I use in all my comments is taken by me as well.

5 thoughts on “Background and Inspiration

  1. is there a way to make the previous comment i left ‘private’? or when you had read it, could you delete it?

  2. I had to make time to visit your pages today as you have been an inspiration to me.
    I thank you for the time you spend with sharing from that of the heart and what touches you the most and how it makes you feel.
    You are very creative and I enjoy the ability you have to inspire others as well.
    Keep up, do not give up faith in regards to your heart as you will find no matter what age we are or stage, the heart is the most tender element within each soul. We all need to remember this before action, before sparing with words but to serve with love at all times. You make the world a brighter place!
    You are a gift, continue to shine brightly!
    Mira Faraday

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