Making Peace with Your Voice

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Singers and writers have a lot in common, needing to sing in the voice they’ve been given……the song that’s at hand.

“I MADE PEACE WITH MY VOICE 10 years ago,”
he says,
and I turn up the volume
so I can hear the interview
over the water running in the bathroom sink,

everything going down the drain so fast.
A metaphor for how I feel.

I can’t write the stuff
I once did
and need to let it go

Emmylou says
“I’ve really shaken hands with where my voice is now.
It’s got some more grooves in it.”

And maybe that’s where I need to go,
to the hand shake,
not stand at a distance,
sizing it up,
trying to decide.

Cross the room, shake the hand.

“With me it was never about my voice
as much as how can I tell the story of this song.
And if I really love a song, nothing is gonna get in my way…”

I give up too easily.

“… and if I can’t go as high as I would like
then I’m just gonna stay low.”

And didn’t I just love that?

* * *

*Catch the interview: “Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell: Staying Low

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About Marilyn

Reading, thinking, listening, writing and talking about faith, creativity, ESL for refugees, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. Cheez-it fan. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. Thank you so much for reading.
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One Response to Making Peace with Your Voice

  1. pastordt says:

    LOVE this so much. And I love anything you care to put in this space, Marilyn. I only know your ‘now’ voice, and it’s a plenty good one in my estimation.


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