Sometimes I find playlist inspiration when I'm not expecting to find it.
I particularly enjoyed Cathie Ryan with Matt Mancuso and Patsy O’Brien. When she began singing, “Somewhere along the road someone waits for me…Beyond the present storms that blow…Waiting patiently…” I knew I had to get my hands on this song.
The next day, I took my son and his fiddle to the Tionol brunch at McGurks. He was hesitant to open his case and let people see he actually had a fiddle in it, but Cathie walked by and seemed so excited that this two-year old had brought his violin. When she encouraged him, he opened it right up. She has such a warm presence that he felt right at home with her. He didn’t even play the shy guy act! I took the opportunity to tell her how touched I was by her song the night before. She suggested a second song, and told me the lyrics. Even without her singing, I was brought to tears. “…And we walk the road together. All the way through wind and rain. I will never deceive my heart again. Hand in hand across the land we’ll walk the road together…” It was as if she knew exactly what I was looking for in a song. She said, “I’m always looking for songs that heal.”
What are songs that you find healing?