Just Breathe

Happy Friday, friends!

This morning I’ve been catching up on past episodes of Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour on the BBC Sounds app, as they’ve been collecting on the e-pile. In one sense, I suppose it’s a good thing he returned to two hours from his pandemically-induced three-hour slot (partially filling in Amy Lamé’s time); however, I do miss that extra hour of Garvey’s eclectic selections and his family’s lockdown diary entries to him.

On last weekend’s program (“Steve Hackett From Genesis — Oh Yes”), Garvey spun the duet of Willie Nelson and son Lukas Nelson singing Eddie Vedder’s “Just Breathe,” a Song-for-Guy recommendation. It’s an outstanding track, and of course, a good reminder of what to do when we’re stressing out.

“Oh I’m a lucky man to count on both hands the ones I love
Some folks just have one, yeah, others, they’ve got none.

Stay with me
Let’s just breathe”

(from “Just Breathe,” by Eddie Vedder)

The province of Manitoba, where I live, has gone from being in an enviable spot among the lowest COVID-19 case numbers globally (we hovered around 300 cases TOTAL for the longest time in the spring and summer) to having the highest per capita rate in our country for active infections as of yesterday, October 15. And it seems like we were setting records almost every day this week. The threat posed by this, and the uncertainty of knowing when we might be able to gather again in the future is enough to send one into sadness, anxiety and fear. That’s when it’s important to remember, “just breathe.” It’s a practice that doesn’t come naturally, not to me anyway, but one I’ve been working on with intention, meditation and, yes, cycling, all of which have helped immensely in the last seven months.

For more Willie Nelson, check out my post on Daniel Lanois’ “Under a Stormy Sky” for a mention of and a link to a video of Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris joining Lanois in a performance of his song, “The Maker.”

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy the music. And breathe.

Here’s the official music video from Willie Nelson’s VEVO/YouTube channel. Please remember to click on “thumbs-up” in the video if you appreciated the artists’ work.

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