Sept. 11, 2021

3 Pieces For The Week - Part 5

There are so many things to be grateful for, y’all. So much has happened in the last couple weeks. From the impact of stress making me feel ill, to my friends and family being affected by Covid, to my Louisiana folks being impacted by Hurricane Ida. Given all those different situations, people are still grateful for what they have, what they lost and what they’re recovering from. I am grateful for their resilience, because it makes me go on as well. So with that, here are the top 3 pieces that helped me stay grateful and happy…
 
1. Reading has always been a cornerstone of who I am as a writer. I must say, I’ve slacked off a bit from it because I felt I’ve been too busy to pick up a book and turn a page. But at the same time, there’s nothing more thrilling than turning a page waiting to see what’s going to happen next. Such is the case with the new book, The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz. I’ll be honest and say it was slow to start, simply because I’ve heard this story before. Washed up writer works at a college teaching up and coming writers the ropes. He encounters a guy who’s extremely confident his book will be a best-seller, that he doesn’t need direction from the teacher. The teacher thinks he’s a dick, until he listens to the plot of the book. The cocky young writer dies, and the teacher decides to take the book plot and idea for himself. Lo and behold, it becomes an international best seller. That’s where the book takes a turn into interesting waters. It’s…enthralling to say the least. But it’s definitely a must read.
 
2. There has been some super banging music coming out lately, and I’m all here for it. This week is no exception. I’ve been a fan of Yebba Smith for some time now, but she’s only put out small snippets of her vocal prowess here and there with a few songs and guest features. Well, finally her debut album Dawn dropped yesterday, and it is…stunning. The music from beginning to end is a story. It’s a searing story of loss and love and hate and all that good stuff. And I’m here for all of it. I have several different streaming services, for reasons I have no idea. I swear I spend about 40 bucks just on music a month. Sheesh! But this is a MUST LISTEN on Apple Music. The cool thing about Apple Music is they offer Dolby Atmos. It’s a definitive game changer when it comes to listening to music. I’m an audiophile so I need to feel my music, okay? They mixed this one amazingly and it sounds like I’m in the room recording with her. Yes, it’s that good. Do yourself a favor and listen to Dawn. It’s a great album.
 
3. So I’ve been having super high anxiety over the last few weeks and it had not been helping with everything going on in Louisiana. My friends were struggling to deal with no basic utilities and power. But they got through it, and it made me feel better knowing they were better. Another thing that made me feel better was another album that has been on constant rotation for about 10 days. It’s called Old Church Basement by Elevation Worship and Maverick City Music. I knew of Elevation Church for a while now, but I’ve never heard of Maverick City Music. All I can say is I’m glad I have now. A coworker sent it to me as a sense of motivation for my work day. I have not turned it off yet. In fact, the first time I heard it, I started tearing up. It is that powerful. I’ve been saying for a while now I’m changing and leaning more into my passion, and this album helped me stay focused on that unknown journey. It’s available on all streaming platforms. It’s even better on YouTube, because every song has a video that goes with it. It’s just as powerful.
 
I’m telling you, when you’re close to your purpose, there are all kinds of obstacles that prevent you from getting there. But if you stay focused on it, then it’ll be fine. So if your purpose is to get away from anxiety, depression or whatever, I implore you to find a way to cope. Embrace the moment for what it is, but don’t lay in it or sit in the moment for long. Find something to help you. I have these 3 pieces that are helping me cope with my anxiety and stress, and I hope it will help you as well.
 
Keep Going.
E.