Monday, January 16, 2012
For me, those moments revolve around people. Sharing time with them. Enjoying their great company. Laughing.
But that beyond-the-veil feeling also comes from nature. In particular snow. I can never thank God enough for letting me grow up in Alaska.
Yesterday, the Seattle area got enough to blanket the world in white. After sledding with the kids and baking good food, I strapped on my running shoes and took off.
I'm plotting the next Raleigh Harmon mystery, and there is no better way to dream and create inside my head than running. Especially in snow. There are so few distractions -- for the eyes and the ears. Normally I just listen to steps. Cold breath. The rare bird that sings through ice.
But yesterday I decided to listen to my own soundtrack, which I'm calling Winter Wonderland. Maybe someone can add a few ideas here.
Winter Snow Chris Tomlinson featuring Audrey Assad
It's True Sara Groves
Peaches and Diesel Eric Clapton
100 Years Five for Fighting
When It's All Said and Done Robin Mark
Carol of the Bells George Winston
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring Celtic Woman (although any version seems excellent)
Forgiven and Loved Jeremy Needham
Song for a Winter's Night Sarah McLaughlin (Maybe even better than Gordon Lightfoot's own)
Galveston Glenn Campbell (What can I say? I love this song)
These Days in an Open Book Nanci Griffith
Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head George Winston
This Guy's in Love With You Herb Alpert and Tijuana Brass
If that last tune doesn't sense now, it will when The Stars Shine Bright comes out this summer.