My three adult children made a Google hang-out date with me for this morning. Today is my birthday; they wanted to be ‘with’ me when I opened their gift which arrived in the mail three days ago. Turns out this project has been in the making for months – at least four or six.
Here’s the full story. My son Josh loved a small poem I posted while he was away in Ghana for the six months in 2012. While he was on a three-day weekend break from his work there, he decided to pen a tune for it – as he describes it, the notes flowed from the poem through him. Next phase: he and his younger sister Caitlyn spent a reunion weekend together when he got back Stateside in November. At that time, they apparently recorded and re-recorded the song until it felt just right to them. I do not know at what point his older sister Faith got into the project: all I do know is, her artwork graces the CD cover. Today I located and promptly framed the original. My lopsided photo doesn’t do it justice, but it felt important to have as much of the total package together here as possible.
For once in my life, I was/am utterly speechless. With awe. With gratitude. With the absolute certainty that THIS is what is important in life – knowing and being known by loved ones who take the time to connect through their own respective gifts. May you also enjoy them – lyrics by myself, music by Josh, sung by Caitlyn, with cover art by Faith. Early Morning Kayak (Music (C) Joshua C. Hester, 2012)
Ahead of swimmers and breakfast,
slip silently through morning waters
stroke forward, glide, repeat
floating free from routine constraints,
giving up and in to the lulling roll,
the rhythms of the sea.
What an incredible family collaboration unbeknownst to you 🙂 You deserve to be honored in this most sacred of ways–huge kudos to your chillins for recognizing that. BRAVO!!
Thanks, MB. Words fail to express my delight, surprise and, well, speechlessness!!!
Sarah, that is amazing! What an absolutely wonderful gift. Congratulations and happy birthday!! Definitely does not get any better than that 🙂
I know, right?!!! I was as you might imagine utterly blown away. I keep listening to it . . . haunting and sweet at the same time. And to think of Josh composing this by the sea while taking a three-day weekend break from his work while in Africa . . . that was early autumn; talk about planning ahead!!!
Dear Sarah, Barb and I just listened to Early Morning Kayak together, it is so beautiful, Josh’s music and your words flow and pulse together, we can feel the waves of water, of tranquility and beauty. What a wonderful loving gift your chilfren have crafted for you. Thanks for sharing it with us, and happy birthday from us both. Love, Phil an Barb
Thanks, you two! I was pretty overwhelmed myself. Doesn’t get better than this, does it?!!!