September 1, 2014
My song pick for today's Battle of the Bands is a reminder of my older sister, who lived a tragic life and died of a prescription drug overdose many many years ago. I miss her every day, but some days her loss is so poignant I listen to this song just to remind myself she is likely in a better place, and all her suffering is at an end. I first heard this song a few months after my sister's passing, and wish I could have had it playing for her funeral. I'm sure she would have approved; as her life was emotionally troubled, and although she lost faith in her ability to overcome her trauma, she never lost her love of people who were important to her.
It is this song - GO REST HIGH - that comes to my mind when I read all the heartfelt posts for the passing of our dear blogger friend Tina Downey of Life is Good. Tina impacted the blogverse in many ways with her time and efforts, her creativity, and her love of life. She will be missed in here.
So many of the friends and family members of Bloggers do not understand the friendships and bonds that are developed within this internet community. We form connections to people that are sometimes short, sometimes long term, but always as real as any person we might meet in person within our own day-life communities. Tina's family graciously posted her passing on the place we would all look to offer our concern at her disappearance. This says a lot about her family, how much they also loved and understood Tina, and the significance of relationships important to her. With such loving family support, it is no wonder she was able to share so much of herself with all of us. I did not know Tina as well as many of you who have been consistent members of the A-Z team and other blog activities, but I still feel the tragic loss. She was a good person who made this community a "community."
On September 8, 2014, the A-Z team is hosting a Sunflower Tribute to Tina Downy. Prior to that date, purchase or plant a sunflower in her honor. (If you have to resort to plastic, that’s cool.) Take a photo of your sunflower and post in in her memory on Monday, September 8. Tina loved her sunflowers, and we want to splash the blogging world with sunflowers that day and honor a truly amazing woman who was friend and family to so many.
You can sign up now or add your link when you post your sunflower.
Please help us spread the word! Add Tina's motto #LifeisGood as hashtag and share about this blogfest on all social media platforms.
Let’s brighten the Internet with sunflowers the way Tina brightened the lives of so many.
Ok, enough sadness. On to my Battle of the Bands challenge today. We have country/blue grass singer/songwriter Vince Gill and the original American Idol winner, pop singer/songwriter/actress Kelly Clarkson.
Now, you have to agree that Kelly did not have all the musical backup that Vince Gill's version had; but doesn't her voice just ring clear and true in this? There are few artists that can sing a-cappella, and my opinion is that Kelly and Vince could both fare well pitted together without musical backup.
I love the violin solo in Vince's version, but there is something spiritually fulfilling about a piano that draws me to Kelly's version.
Visit Far Away Eyes and Stephen McCarthy for a list of other participants in the bi-monthly Battle Of The Bands postings.
This is also my post for September's Insecure Writers Support Group, founded by Ninja Captain Alex J Cavanaugh. I know, I'm 2 days early; but I'm not posting much these days, and if I were to post about an insecurity at this troubled time, it would be to lament all the bloggers I've lost contact with over the last few years. As mentioned above, I've known some people for such a short but tumultuous time in their lives; some have passed on from this life, some have moved on to other adventures, some have just disappeared without a goodbye post. I've often thought of this last option myself as I'm not a very frequented blogger; but after seeing Tina's farewell post, I'm sure that saying a proper goodbye - when it is time - is the considerate option.
The blogverse has drastically changed since my first post back in 2009(?), but it is still a community of like minded individuals, seeking relationships that support and nurture our needs for understanding and LOVE. And no, I'm not talking romantic love (though I'm sure there have been some romances within this media) but the love of a cherished friend, an equal to our own love of the written word, and the development of stories and ideas that spark adventure in the hearts of readers. Literary Love.
Michelle Wallace's post at the IWSG site regarding validation inspired me this month. Thank you Michelle. If you have not read it yet, please click here to be inspired yourself.
This was a difficult post for me; it brings to mind unresolved personal and writing issues. I post these two monthly blogfests together because music and writing are my ways of coping with grief and loss, and I've a feeling this is a popular coping mechanism for most in our community.
My goals for September:
- I will plant a sunflower to remember Life Is Good
- I will remember that I am a writer that does not need the validation of a degree to continue my craft
- I will take the time to give back to the community that has unconditionally supported me since I declared myself a writer.
Be sure to also visit IWSG co-hosts Laura at My Baffling Brain; Aloha! Mark Koopmans; Shah Wharton; and Sheena-Kay Graham.
Oh, and Happy Three Year Anniversary IWSG!!