Gems 8.30

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

Image by Monsterkoi from Pixabay.

“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.”

–Henry James


Our next theme will be in celebration of Valentine’s Day, my favorite holiday. It’s all about love, and music. If you have favorite songs that feature all kinds of love, like a parent’s love for their child, the love between siblings, the love of a pet, the generations-deep love of your birthplace, or the love of anyone or anything that brings you joy that is celebrated in a favorite song, please leave a comment below. I would love to hear your favorite love songs.

Just as we did with the ☼ Flower Songs ☼ theme a few years back for our dear Ivor when he was so sick, the songs for #loveandmusic will have a corresponding playlist to which I’ll add daily: “I feel the world and want to help heal the world.” Nothing heals the world like love unless it’s music. ♪

There are two songs on the playlist so far. The first was sent years ago from a friend in our Laddership Group on to all of us. She spoke of how the group helped her remember that we belong to each other. “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz.

The second, “You’ll Be In My Heart,” is the song my youngest son and I danced to at his wedding last year. We love the movie Tarzan and all the songs in it but especially this one. So dancing with Kid 4 that night is a beautiful memory where love shines bright.

Songs are like that, aren’t they? They bring us back to those moments. I found out recently that Phil Collins wrote this ^ song for his baby daughter.

And I’ll keep adding to this list.

I hope we have a beautiful weekend. And remember…

Art by Niki Flow.

6 thoughts on “Gems 8.30

  1. Hey Niki .. I’m up now .. 😴🤗💛.There were so many “Love Songs” that we liked and played, but I think these were “our” favourites… both of them made Carole cry ((And me)) ..

    • I have heard the first before. The second is new to me and here I thought I was an LC fan. Fabulous. Might be my new fave. So sensual and so real. He was amazing.

      Do you have a favorite stanza from that song? This will be featured Wednesday. You’re the third to respond. (the others were by email).

      Thanks for sharing these songs, Ivor. ♥.

  2. Hi Niki .. here is my fav’ stanza from “One of us Cannot be Wrong” .. and wow what a great song, off his first LP, ‘Songs Of Leonard Cohen’ (1967) … a classic LP… and the song has been with me for “55” years now .. …
    The Finale Stanza …
    ” An Eskimo showed me a movie
    he’d recently taken of you:
    the poor man could hardly stop shivering,
    his lips and his fingers were blue.
    I suppose that he froze when the wind took your clothes
    and I guess he just never got warm.
    But you stand there so nice, in your blizzard of ice,
    oh please let me come into the storm.”


    • It’s a great stanza. I’ll probably use the last two lines for the Gem (from “But you stand there so nice…” to into the storm.” and then quote the lyrics below.

      Since the word “Eskimo” is offensive these days, I will include the date of the song for the younger audiences who may not know our beloved Leonard. Most people have no idea (these days let alone when he wrote this song) that the word “Eskimo” was coined by non-natives to describe the people of that area and literally means “raw meat eater.”

      Thanks again for introducing me to such a beautiful song. You’ve done that often, and I’m grateful.

      ♥. nf

      • My pleasure Niki .. I have used hose last two lines in a couple of my poems .. but I ‘cannot’ remember which ones … haha .. I’ll have to do a search .. 🌏💛

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