Inspired By.

This song has been on repeat in my head and in my earbuds for well over a week now. Her voice is rich and buttery as it swells in intensity to a ringing sharpness that sends a chill down my spine. It is a reminder of what I'll never be. If I could sing, steal a voice that isn't mine, it would be hers, the way it rises above layer upon layer of strings and slow, steady beats to a pinnacle of meaning, of sweetness and then down again, settling into itself like a folded blanket.

But each of us has our own voice. It is unique to us, and it is unique to the ear of the listener. Our words and our tone speak to us and who we are, our intentions, our secrets, hidden or exposed. They speak to the listener and who they are, how they interpret what they hear, and how they respond to our voice with their own. A dialogue.

Our voice is one among a sea of voices, a reverberation of echoes that often beg the question : am I audible? Maybe if I say it as she said it, I would be heard. Understood.

It is this I struggle with in various capacities and contexts :

To trust the strength of my own voice. 

To let it ring true or fall silent as the moment demands. To write, speak, sing with my own words, whether or not anyone is paying any heed. To temper my envy and insecurity with respect for each voice in its uniqueness and respect for a shared reality : no voice can be duplicated. Each is autonomous. Each is temporary. We are tasked with choosing words carefully while we have the opportunity to say them. 

Here are a few voices from around the web that I appreciate :

"And that is when art serves us best — when it helps us not escape our pain but transcend it."

"It's a confusion like I've never felt. Not the swirling words of competing reasons, but a blank page." Without Assurance

Some good news for us artsy-fartsies. 

"Her split reminds us that the planning of a wedding is not the same as the planning of a life together."

Because I'm obsessed with food

"The silence is his breathing in." Autumn Wind.

Questions I have for people who have their life figured out.

Feel free to share a few of your favorites from the interwebs this week, friends. Happy Weekend. 


TGL said...

Do you trust yourself?

Bethany Grafton said...

i loved reading through all of these! thank you!

Bethany Grafton said...

i did a recently bookmarked post lately, but mine is not as deep as yours. you've inspired me to delve a bit deeper, thank you!


Adriana Willey said...

i resonate with the insecurity. i resonate too with learning to trust your Voice.  each one is so important and special.  and thanks for the shout out :)

brynnalynea said...

"Am I audible? Maybe if I say it as she said it, I would be heard. Understood."

Your words dig down deep today. :) Thank you.

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