Quiet nights of quiet stars quiet chords from my guitar
floating on the silence that surrounds us.
Quiet thoughts and quiet dreams quiet walks by quiet streams
and a window that looks out on the mountains and the sea, oh how lovely
This is where I want to be here with you so close to me
until the final flicker of life's ember.
I who was lost and lonely believing life was only
a bitter tragic joke, have found with you,
the meaning of existence, oh my love
-Antonio Carlos Jobim
Beautiful songs. Beautiful summer night. We were enjoying a concert with Diana Krall at Ste Michele Winery in Woodinville, WA, with my wife and a couple of friends. As Diana sang this song, to the right side of the stage on the ground, was a couple silhouetted by the surrounding lights, dancing as if they were in a ballroom. Then I looked up at the stars. The major stars were visible, the lesser ones overpowered by the bright lights below. They were in a ballroom.
Looking up, my eyes closed, I smiled as the song flowed in the night air through my heart. I am in Love.
As one of my prayer practices, I listened to this song as either me or the Divine singing it to the other. Look at the last 3 lines of the song... that's a contemporary psalm of someone lost and now found, someone blind and now can see, someone dead and now brought back to life.
How about you? What song or poem bring you closer to experiencing the Divine who is always singing to you, serenading you with his love songs?
In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them;
and nothing is hidden from its heat.
-from Psalm 19