Oct. 7, 2008

Here we are, living through an economic crisis that is complex and scary. But we also are experiencing the most beautiful weather of the year – the leaves are colorful, the sky deep blue, and grass is green again from fall rain. There is a disconnect between the bad news we hear all day and the lovely mornings we wake up to (and the peaceful, cool evenings as we fall asleep). There must be a lesson here – perhaps we just need to let go of worries. As a gift to GRR listeners, we send you this suggestion for coping during these troubling days:

Instructions

Give up the world; give up self; finally, give up god.
Find god in rhododendrons and rocks,
passers-by, your cat.
Pare your beliefs, your absolutes.
Make it simple; make it clean.
No carry-on luggage allowed.
Examine all you have
with a loving and critical eye, then
throw away some more.
Repeat. Repeat.
Keep this and only this:
what your heart beats loudly for
what feels heavy and full in your gut.
There will only be one or two
things you will keep,
and they will fit lightly
in your pocket.

Sheri Hostetler, from the anthology A Cappella: Mennonite Voices in Poetry

If your heart beats loudly for music, as ours do, tune in to Great River Radio tonight – we’ll be playing music from The Decemberists, TV on the Radio, The Break and Repair Method, a Hot Chip remix of Rilo Kiley, Santogold, Calexico and Dar Williams. We’ll give a nod to the financial news with something about money from Marty Stuart, as well as another track from the latest Dylan bootleg collection Tell Tale Signs, and a whole lot more.

Playlist
Mississippi-Bob Dylan
It’s Alright-Dar Williams
Ottoman-Vampire Weekend
Raincoat Song-The Decemberists
Too Much Month At The End Of The Money-Marty Stuart
Boots Of Chinese Plastic-The Pretenders
Halfway Home-TV On The Radio 
Some Small History-Portastatic
Caring Is Creepy-Shins
You Won’t Be Able To Be Sad-The Break And Repair Method
Blowin’ The Blues Away-Horace Silver
Another Way To Die-Jack White/Alicia Keyes
Love Is New-Broken Social Scene
Milk Thistle-Conor Oberst
Lost Coastlines-Okkerville River
Samson And Delilah-Charlie Parr
Private Affairs-The Virgins
Breakin’ Up-Rilo Kiley
Block Ice And Propane-Eric Friedlander
You Win Again-Charlie Haden
Bend To The Road-Calexico
Little Bit-Lykke Li
You’ll Find A Way-Santogold
Be Be Your Love-Rachael Yamagata
We Are Beautiful We Are Doomed-Los Campesinos!

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