Sunday, September 2, 2012

Snapshot & a Song - A Clearer Path

Aspen Grove Park Path

" Well there's always retrospect to light a clearer path
Every five years or so I look back on my life
And I have a good laugh.
You start at the top, go full circle round
Catch a breeze, take a spill
But ending up where i started again makes me wanna stand still."

Welcome to to the fifth edition of Snapshot & a Song. Thanks to those who have participated so far and I hope that more will be joining in the jam. :)

This week's song is Watershed which was written by Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls and released on their 1990 album, Nomads Indians Saints.

I first heard of the Indigo Girls back in 1990 when living in Italy working with college students who were there to work with our church. A few of them were fans and I can't remember the song they played for me, but it was spiritual in nature so I thought they were a contemporary Christian group.

Spiritual undercurrents do flow through their music and lyrics, no doubt influenced by Emily's upbringing as the daughter of a Methodist minister. But, they are an acoustic folk duo and I dare say you probably won't be hearing these two serenading you over your favorite Christian radio station.

It wasn't until 1994 that I really discovered their music and became a fan. So much about the "girls" resonated with me from our mutual North Georgia upbringing in the 70's to those awesome harmonies that were reminiscent of the sort of singing I used to do in church - giving me plenty of opportunity to practice my alto as I sang along in the car.

It was these frequent "in car" sing alongs over the years that turned my two sons into Indigo Girls fans, and I have to say they sort of enjoy shocking people by acknowledging their fandom. Again, salty U.S. Marines don't make up a significant portion of their fan base. But, my Cayamo Music Cruise friend Tony told me that their love of The Girls should assuage any doubt I might have that I was indeed a good mother.

I chose this song today because of an interesting "twist of fate" that occured as a result of my participation in Kat Sloma's Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap.

Kat set up a facebook page for participants to connect and many of us scanned and posted the cards we received on the wall as they came in. This card was posted with the title "A Neighborhood in Crewe Virginia."


Well, my jaw dropped to see the title as I once lived in Crewe, Virginia which is literally just a wide spot in the road with a population of less than 2,500 people. What were the odds that somehow Kat Sloma from Oregon would manage to connect me with someone from that little place on earth?

But, that wasn't the end of it. The neighborhood depicted in the art looked quite similar to the neighborhood that was once my walking route. A conversation between the artist, Shawn, and myself revealed that it WAS in fact THAT neighborhood. She had an extra card and offered to send it to me, and I received it this week. I sent her one of my post cards inside a card that showed the route I now walk at my new home in Tennessee.

During my last few months living in Crewe, I walked those streets and the music of the Indigo Girls accompanied me every day. The lyrics and the music burned new pathways in my brain and became a part of who I am. I would go so far as to say that was when my love for singer/songwriters was born.

Today's song was one that held great meaning to me during that time. I was recently divorced and was killing myself trying to set our life to right once again. It was too much, too soon. I was working full time, going back to school to try and finish my degree, and my commute was hell. The ends were not meeting, and I was strung out, overwhelmed and exhausted. A crash was inevitable, and crash it came.

A year later, as I turned 30, I found myself living back in Tennessee again trying to rebuild a life from ground zero. Having a birth year that ends in five, lends itself to five year retrospectives, and I do have to laugh sometimes when I consider how vastly my life looked from year to year 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45... and how it NEVER turned out the way I'd envisioned it. As I approach the next big milestone, yes, the big 5-0, it is already quite clear that what I thought my life would look like at fifty will be vastly different than I imagined from my perspective as a 45 year old.

One truth; however, is that I've always been pretty pleased where I've landed on each five spot. While it may not have been what I planned, I do believe that whatever choices I may have struggled with over the years brought results that were always for the best -even if it didn't turn out the way I thought I wanted it to.

I came across this youtube video with some lovely photographs of Washington state created by a by a fellow lover of this song. If you want to take a moment to listen, this is a lovely way to enjoy it.




"Watershed"


Thought I knew my mind like the back of my hand,
The gold and the rainbow, but nothing panned out as I planned.
And they say only milk and honey's gonna make your soul satisfied!
Well I better learn how to swim
Cause the crossing is chilly and wide.

Twisted guardrail on the highway, broken glass on the cement
A ghost of someone's tragedy
How recklessly my time has been spent.
And they say that it's never too late, but you don't get any younger!
Well I better learn how to starve the emptiness
And feed the hunger

Up on the watershed, standing at the fork in the road
You can stand there and agonize
Till your agony's your heaviest load.
You'll never fly as the crow flies, get used to a country mile.
When you're learning to face the path at your pace
Every choice is worth your while.

Well there's always retrospect to light a clearer path
Every five years or so I look back on my life
And I have a good laugh.
You start at the top, go full circle round
Catch a breeze, take a spill
But ending up where i started again makes me wanna stand still.

Stepping on a crack, breaking up and looking back
Every tree limb overhead just seems to sit and wait.
Until every step you take becomes a twist of fate.

Up on the watershed, standing at the fork in the road
You can stand there and agonize
Till your agony's your heaviest load.
You'll never fly as the crow flies, get used to a country mile.
When you're learning to face the path at your pace
Every choice is worth your while


Today's image was captured just over a year ago on another walking path near my office. I was shooting every day at that point and never did get a chance to process many of the photos I took, so I'm reaching back into those archives and retrieving those forgotten treasures.

I've walked along this path quite a bit, although not as frequently as I should given how convenient it is for me. We are moving our offices in November, so I'm going to make it a point to take advantage of it while I can until then.

There have been a lot of changes in my life in the year since this photo was taken. I'll be reflecting on that more later as my one year blog-o-versary is fast approaching. Can you believe it? I've been at this for almost a whole year? That boggles my mind.

Now, its time to link up. Here's a few rules before we begin.


  1. Please give credit to the songrwriter and/or group - preferably with a link to their website
  2. Link to your blog post or flickr page, not simply to your blog.
  3. Tell us a little bit about your image and the meaning the song holds for you (more of a guideline than a rule, but it would be nice if you would
  4. Include a link back to my blog, and using my badge would be especially cool


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3 comments:

  1. wonderful narrative, incredible story and wonderful photo/song combination LeAnne! Have been away and just got in...my contribution is almost done... will post first thing in the morning!!

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  2. Hello dear LeAnne,
    what a gorgeous picture, the light, the color, wonderful, I love this lonely ways in the forrest ♥
    Have a nice week
    moni

    http://www.reflexionblog.de

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  3. Love the picture that accompanies your song this week!
    I have been thinking of song/photo combos and I should have a post ready for next week! :)

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