I saw that painting last weekend and thought it fitting for this. I feel thankful for everything it conveys. Our culture, health, our foods, our heritage. And I’m thankful for the moments of silence, like the one that surprised me when I found this, where we sometimes find life’s truth.
I have tweeted this before but why not add a little music to this too? I love this song, Feelin’ Good by Nina Simone, which you can hear in it’s full and original version here. But I found it covered on an audition for the X-Factor (which I don’t watch–ever) by a thirteen year old girl called Carly Rose Sonenclar who has been described by the judges as an alien, non-human and possesed. I love her style, her voice is amazingly soulful and she has an absolute control over it so her performances are breathtaking to watch. Yes, she is also cute.
I haven’t been able to shake this off in weeks and I don’t plan to any time soon because the words are a wonderful mantra to keep holding on to the little, but most important things of the day by day. I invite you to enjoy this shorter, but rich arrangement of this song. You might need to watch it at least three times for it to sink in, I warn you, but it’s so worth it. (This is not a HD video.)
(On a side note: I’ve watched this over forty times, never watching it just once at a time because of that moment when she hits the soft high note and LA Reid goes “what?!” Love. That. Bit.)