This past week has been beautiful. I can't remember better weather for a whole week like this. I think that for 3 days there, there literally wasn't a cloud in the sky. Unbelievable. What a nice week in Alberta.
Today was a nice day too, but the Autumn season has it's way of crawling in. On the drive home we could see the colours on the trees beginning to fade. On the edge of the road lay huddles of leaves, swishing and swaying. The early birds. Their friends will join them soon.
I love the changing of the seasons. Alberta is a great place to be for all 4 of them. I splashed in the water with my family on the Pembina river today, and I know that I could be shovelling a pile of snow in a week or two. Come what may.
Like a lot of people, I look at my life as a series of seasons. We just got through an amazing one that lasted 7 years in China. Looking back, it all seems like it never happened. It's a blur in my mind that comes into focus from time to time. We enjoyed our time there, but I would say that we left at just the right time. The leaves were falling and we knew that it was time to change seasons.
In that time, which spans well back into early 2012 up until this very evening, I have had the pleasure of enjoying some great "transition music". The soundtrack of this season of Brett has been the music of Sleeping At Last.
Sleeping At Last is Ryan O'Neal. He writes beautiful music and then he sings it and I listen to it. That's how it works.
The man is a creative that seems to do things his own way for the sake of creating beauty. In the past has has released a ton of music that is available here. A few years ago he released 3 new songs every month for the entire year. It is called Yearbook. Get it. Get it now!
This year his project is called Atlas. He's been periodically been releasing EPs since January. Once again, go to his site and check it out. You sign up for the music, he makes it, then he sends it to you. It's a great deal considering the large amount of insane music you are getting.
The other day, when Ryan's Space1 was released, I realized that I have been listening to his stuff almost every time I listen to music, and that's been going on since we arrived back in Canada in November after moving back from China.
Barbara's dad was dying of cancer. It was nearing the Christmas season and I listened to the song Snow over and over again when no one was looking. Some people get annoyed when you listen to the same song over and over again. Ron passed away just before Christmas and that song will always remind me of him.
And I would listen to the song Emphasis to make me feel sad. It was a sad time and I wanted to feel sad. This song helped me get there. Sometimes feeling sad is the thing you need to feel. I am thankful for it.
The words. The words of his songs are fresh and pure. They catch you in your current state and stop you for a bit.
Even after everything we've seen, we've barely caught a glimpse of what it means. In the architecture of the soul, the universe began with our eyes closed.
We live and we die, like fireworks we pull apart the dark. Compete against the stars with all of our hearts. 'Til our temporary brilliance turns to ash, we pull apart the dark while we can.
With golden strings our universe was clothed with light. Pulling at the seams, our once barren world now brims with life.
I guess space and time, takes violent things, angry things and makes them kind.
The sweetest thing I ever heard is that I don't have to have the answers, just a little light to call my own. Though it pales in comparison to the overarching shadows, a speak of light can reignite the sun and swallow darkness whole.
With all of tough things the last year has scarred us with, there is a lot of hope in it all as well. I am thankful for these songs and the words that help bring healing and clarity to the fuzz and noise. I recommend that many, many people should go out and get this music. Put your headphones on and take it in. It's good for broken hearts, hearts moving into new seasons and ones that are trying to make sense of the old.
Listen to the Christmas album in December and every other month for that matter.
Let's face it, summer is over. Sweep it away and move into Autumn with hope, patience, love, and all of that good stuff. Oh! And go get some Sleeping at Last to help you through.