In amongst the Christmas gift orders I’ve placed with Amazon and other online sites these past few weeks, I also purchased three new CD’s for our collection.
I have music going in the house, or at my desk, much of the time while I’m working, and it comes either from an XM radio source or our CD collection. This ensures having the kind of music that I want to match whatever writing mode, mood or energy level that I require in a given moment.
My husband and I are rock and roll ‘crazy,’ but I cannot write against it, so that gets reserved for encouraging one through heavy-duty housework chores, treadmill workouts, or just groovin’ veggin’ time.
Contemporary piano, acoustical guitar, New Age or Celtic music playing in the background elicits deep mental vibrations for me so I use it often when writing. I’ve discovered that Gregorian chants can get me through the most stressful of writing challenges or deadlines.
The title track from one of our new CDs, Bill Douglas’ Deep Peace, is befitting for this week leading to Christmas. The Ars Nova Singers perform the choral pieces. Having sung in the past with a large chorale myself, I am a sucker for powerful choral work.
The lyrics are from a Gaelic blessing, and I offer them from our household to yours this Christmas week, and in the New Year to come.
Of the running wave to you
Of the flowing air to you
Of the quiet earth to you
Of the shining stars to you
Of the gentle night to you
Moon and stars
Pour their healing light on you
Deep Peace to you