From Markus Grae-Hauck, Director of Music Ministries
“History, despite its wrenching pain cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” ― Maya Angelou
One of the indicators of mental health is that when talking about an event from the past, the story is not static. It keeps evolving, and the details are altered just a little bit every time. If the plot and other elements never change, it means that the person telling the story is stuck, most likely because of trauma.
How will we tell the story of this time? Will we keep repeating the same narrative, or are we going to allow it to develop and grow as we gain more insight?
And here is an equally interesting question: what story are we telling ourselves and each other right now? Is it a tale of despair, of hope, of struggle, of triumph? Whose voices do we amplify? Who are the heroes and the villains on whom we shine a spotlight? And is it a story with a beginning, middle, and end; or is it open-ended, to be continued by future generations?
Here are some musical selections related to history, our theme for the month of November:
· Unraveling – Liz Longley: www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZpgL7LRMYQ
· Keep Me in Your Heart – Wesley Schultz: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMhFsy-f4Dg
· I Will Remember You – Sarah McLachlan: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSz16ngdsG0
· That Was Yesterday – Leon Bridges: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMjEMguGrJA
· The Parting Glass – Henry Jamison & Darlingside: www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1W6M5IKl4Q
· Carry Your Kin – The Breath: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zE4Ol6QA_rE