Tuesday, June 8, 2010

How it's been

Since my little Otto died, I haven't written much music. It's like the wind got kicked out of me and it's tough to be in the vulnerable space that was so tender for writing. I'd feel guilty about it accept that there is no energy for that. Just surviving was good enough .

I was lucky to have Crepusculo to release and a project to focus on, cities to travel to, shows to play to get through the craziness of grief at that time. And my blogs and twitters and emails gave me things to focus on outside such pain. But they haven't told the whole picture. And now Luna is here. And I'm getting some legs under me, and I can be more honest.

And my heart is still so tender. So easy to cry when I hear the news about the war or pesticides that cause birth defects, or when I think back to the time Otto was here, and I realize now that this is my time to BE and heal. To watch butterflies in the garden, to play with books, to take in a big, gummy baby smile. To watch and feel music unfold in life. I think I'm baking, and I can't take out the new creations until they're ready to be taken out.

I love music, how a beat vibrates and moves me, how strings draw out my heart, how a good lyric can change my day, and it's nice to appreciate all the amazing work out there without just comparing myself to it, or wishing I'd written it. Just let myself be affected by it.

I hope for the music that comes in the near future to be free from needing to accomplish so much. Life really is short. I want to love it. I want my music to reflect that - the darkness and shadow of it, the light and joy of it. I'm a little intimidated to write when I have been through so much; how can I encapsulate that? I never know what is going to come out, and I suppose I just need to allow it, not plan what it should sound like. That never works anyway.

Thanks for being here for the walk of grief and joy and everything in between. Here we go.

3 comments:

Greg said...

Hi Jessica,

I don't know you personally but after reading your story I want to express my best wishes to you and your husband. I saw you play here in Portland a few years ago & felt you had a special talent and message in your music & have been on your email list since then. Unfortunately I've not been able to catch your shows in Portland since then & haven't kept up with what's been happening with you, so hearing this news is quite sobering. It doesn't seem enough to offer my sympathy, but to express how inspiring your courage and perspective is and how grateful I am that you can share your very personal thoughts.

All the very best to you and your husband. I hope you can return to Portland at some point & that I'm able to come see you play again.

cheers,
Greg St. Martin

Caleb's Momma said...

Hi Jessica,

Thank you for sharing with us. It is good to read your words. I am thankful for you and the role you played in my life for the time we knew each other in SB. I am saddened by your loss, and thankful that Luna entered your life, and yet I know that her birth does not erase the pain of Otto's death, and I do not know what else to do or say but tell you I will pray for you.

Love to you,
Jill

jkp said...

Jes, great photo of you at the Grange Tasting Room. . . . Time, it's like water. You can't step into the same water twice. You are right to just BE until you are compelled to write again, like wild horses couldn't stop you.