I may be biased, but I’d venture to say that I was raised in part by a pretty great musician. My dad. He’s been playing since he was about 10 years old, and that’s given him plenty of time touring and out on the road.
When my brother and I were little, Dad would leave us messages on VHS tapes saying he missed us, telling us to be good for mom, and leaving songs for us to listen to. It was the earliest version of the game show Don’t Forget the Lyrics! Where he would sing a song, but leave a word out a pause making eyes at us through the screen indicating it was our job to fill in the blanks.
I was so young when he recorded these that I don’t remember participating. However, when these tapes resurfaced when I was older I appreciated them so much. Now that the roles have reversed and I’m the one away from home, there’s one song in particular that has always stuck with me. “Sweet Baby James” by James Taylor. Hearing this song serves as a reminder of how much my dad loves us, and how deeply he cares for us – regardless of the distance.
The Deep Greens have a sentimental and nostalgic relevance to me because of the tapes my dad recorded and the lyrics on them. But deep greens and blues mean something else to me. The Deep Greens also mean this:
Being around these deep, rich, natural greens give me a renewed energy. They are alive. They are growing. They are vibrant. And when I’m among them, I feel the same way.
I’m starting this blog to share the deep greens of my own life, but also to meditate on the little things that are often underwhelming. I’m in the middle of a weird transition of seasons, and while I should be squeezing in everything that this stage of life has for me – I kind of put that on hold for a long time. Life gets busy, but I don’t want to feel run down anymore. There is so much around me everyday to be thankful for and I plan to be more intentional with my time and experience these things fully. To think about them, pursue them further, or let them go.
Here’s to holding each other accountable to living a full, rich + deep green life. Hang around to see what’s working for me.