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Words for a Rainy Day

the arch in WSP

“There is so much in the world for us all if we only have the eyes to see it, and the heart to love it, and the hand to gather it to ourselves – so much in men and women, so much in art and literature, so much everywhere in which to delight, and for which to be thankful.”

— L.M. Montgomery,
Anne of the Island

There are certain books, movies, photos, people, beds, stories, places that people turn to for comfort in times of need. I watch Pride and Prejudice or 10 Things I Hate About You. I read Anne of Green Gables. I listen to the Finding Neverland soundtrack. I stay in my room and watch old episodes of The Office or curl up on the couch with a new book. I drink tea. I eat ginger snaps. I paint my nails.

Nashville today is rainy and cold, and I plan on going home and doing at least 4 of those things to make me feel better. But for now, my beloved LMM’s words are enough.

Tea on the Balcony

view from the top

Today is the first day in nearly three weeks in which the temperature has not reached triple digits here in Nashville.  Yes, we’ve weathered everything on up to 111 degrees this summer, and quite frankly, I believe I’ve shouldered a little more of the burden than usual – I live in an ancient apartment on the top (third) floor with one little window unit.  It’s been an interesting summer.

You understand now, though, that this lovely, sun-dappled, 89-degree afternoon is not lost on me!  I decided to honor it by swinging open my balcony door and sitting out on my little shaded ledge overlooking our complex’s grassy courtyard, drinking warm orange spice tea and nibbling on ginger snaps, while Laura Marling’s I Speak Because I Can wafted from my record player.

afternoon snack

20-year-old Laura Marling, if you haven’t heard of her, is a British folk songstress with an old soul… (perfect for an afternoon sipping tea, right?).  Her lyrics are deeply felt and quietly thoughtful… and that voice, graceful and melancholy, is deceiving in its youth.  Laura Marling and her introspective harmonies have been a relatively recent discovery, but I feel like I’ve been listening all my life.

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beautiful girl

Recommended tunes from I Speak Because I Can include “Devil’s Spoke,” “Rambling Man,” “Goodbye England,” and “Darkness Descends.”  And try “Ghosts” and “My Manic and I” from her debut Alas I Cannot Swim.  Listen well and deeply.