I stood out in the night In an empty field and I called your name.

Updated: Oct 23, 2021

I don’t stand out all night in empty fields & call your name no more.

Music has always been the most effective, meaningful way I’ve found to communicate. While I can’t carry a tune or play an instrument to save my life, I’ve found so much solace in the talent of others blessed with the ability to arrange melodies and words in a way that soothes whatever storm is brewing in my heart.

Spotify just released their personalized “Year in Review,” which is something I’ve come to really look forward to. In addition to giving you an overview of most-listened-to genres, songs, and artists, they also create a playlist of your personally most played songs from the past year.

I just started digging into my list, which gave me a chance to dust off this beloved gem, by a band that’s become an old friend. While there are many artists who encapsulate a very specific time/place, Phosphorescent has especially carried me through some of the more interesting times, seemingly following a similar personal/emotional journey as I have over the years, hitting that perfect spot somewhere between heartbreak and healing.

I can’t think of a person who hasn’t felt the 2020ness of 2020, and I’m no exception to that. Listening to this playlist is allowing me to reflect on the many ways I’ve built, broke, rebuilt, and broke again.

While I can’t say it’s all been easy, or expected, or welcomed, above all I’m thankful and grateful and overwhelmed and humbled by the love and perseverance and determination and grit that I’ve found around me, inside of me, shining through the others around me trying their best to muddle through.

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