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Pull Up A Chair…

There are 32 days to go until the elections in November.  It seems like we've all been running flat out lately. 

I know it seems that way to me after having just spent close to two weeks with our in-laws here (who were staying with us for a visit and just went home on Thursday), blogging daily, answering my altogether-too-busy phone, chasing around after an active three year old, trying to rid myself of this plague of a respiratory infection that will not die, and never quite getting enough sleep no matter how hard I try. 

You can keep up the constant pace for a while, but eventually it catches up with you.  I know it does with me, and I'm assuming that everyone else eventually gives out as well.

So, before we hit that point, I thought we could pause a little this morning to catch our breath.

The above YouTube is my very favorite scene from Spirited Away.  Clearly, someone else had the same idea, because they had already captured it for a YouTube clip, and I'm so glad to share it with everyone else this morning.  It's that quient moment with Chihiro on the train.  It's a combination of things that I adore about this — that it has trains, which I love to ride (one of these days, there will be a berth on the Trans-Siberian with my name on it, I swear), and also the vast expanse of water that spreads out into the distance. 

But most of all, it is the soundtrack of Spirited Away — it just pulls me right into this scene, especially.  The music, by Joe Hisaishi, is wonderful.  Somewhere in our house, I have the soundtrack CD — but I've been unable to find it for weekss now.  The Peanut got her hands on it, and loved it, because the cover has a picture of Chihiro on it — and somehow it got pulled out of its usual slot in the CD shelf, carried off, and tucked away by small hands for safekeeping…and I've been unable to find it ever since.

I'm going to have to break down and buy another copy if I don't find it soon.  Because the track that accompanies this scene is the one that I put on auto-repeat in my CD player when I want to zone out for a while or meditate or really dig into a piece of writing or a problem or even spend some time venting in my journal.  And I cannot find the CD…which is simply unacceptable for me.

But it got me thinking about substitutes that might do in the meantime.  So I've been listening to a lot of acoustic guitar, and Debussy, and Mozart, and Yo Yo Ma cello suites in the style of Bach and Silk Road Journeys, and Loreena McKinnett, and a great album entitled Officium by Jan Garbarek which I first heard playing in the replica Norse church at the Norway pavilion in EPCOT. 

And some of my favorite celtic folk music (If you listen here, try the first track, If I Was a Blackbird — these guys are no longer together, and we've lost one of the Stewart brothers, but having seen them in concert when I was in college, they are amazing.  Well worth a listen.)  And the soundtrack to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.  And of course, some Sting (yes, I know, I'm eventually going to have to give up this musical crush from my youth…does it make me a better person if I also love Clapton?).  And Otis Redding

And so much more.

It occured to me that my music taste is really eclectic, but that I'd gotten into a bit of a rut, listening to this one track (#16) on the Spirited Away soundtrack all the time.  And that having been unable to find it, I've been forced to rediscover a lot of my old favorites and a few new ones — which has turned out to be a very good thing.

And then I thought about everyone here, and how fun it would be to trade a little of everyone's favorite chilling out or contemplation or meditation or quiet time or whatever it is that you listen to when you need to take some time for yourself to just be for a bit.  (Or whatever it is that you've been listening to lately that gets you up and moving because, frankly, I could really use some of that most mornings these days, as well.)

So pull up a chair and share your own soundtrack…we'd love to hear it.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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