Wednesday, December 13, 2006

A Thousand Beautiful Things

Annie Lenox released BARE a couple years ago. As soon as I got my hands on it, I listened to it again and again for months on end. This is music I can relate to. Maybe it has something to do with being a woman. But not just that. It’s also about being a woman who has been around the block a few times.

BARE is a collection of extraordinary songs that reflect genuine experience. The lyrics sometimes paint the author as heartbroken, not so much in a romantic way, but in a needy, desperate, hungry way. Other songs expose her transparent bitterness to mask the fear and pain of love. The last track is literally a beseeching prayer asking for help with the mess she’s created in her life.

Oh god
Now where do I come in?
Gone and broken everything
So I hope you'll understand
if someone needed a helping hand
It must be now
It must be now

Not since I was an emotionally volatile teenager listening to the angst-soaked lyrics of typical pop music, have I felt such empathy with music. Lenox shares a wisdom that only comes with hard earned and often painful experience. I know there are a lot of other musicians creating wonderful stuff too. However, this particular album continues to speak to me. I listened again the other day and found myself moved to tears before the end of the first track. It’s my favorite because it speaks a frequent prayer of my own.

Every day I write the list
Of reasons why I still believe they do exist
~ a thousand beautiful things ~
And even though it's hard to see
The glass is full and not half empty
~ a thousand beautiful things ~
So... light me up like the sun
To cool down with your rain
I never want to close my eyes again
Never close my eyes
Never close my eyes

I thank you for the air to breathe

The heart to beat
The eyes to see again
~ a thousand beautiful things ~
And all the things that's been and done
The battle's won
The good and bad in everyone
~ this is mine to remember ~
So ...
Here I go again
Singin' by your window
Pickin' up the pieces of what's left to find

The world was meant for you and me

To figure out our destiny
~ a thousand beautiful things ~
To live
To die
To breathe
To sleep
To try to make your life complete
~ yes, yes ~
So ...
Light me up like the sun
To cool down with your rain
I never want to close my eyes again
Never close my eyes never close my eyes ...
That is everything I have to say
~ that's all I have to say ~


At 12:40 AM, Blogger Larry Jones said...

Annie and you must surely be two of the thousand beautiful things.

At 10:01 AM, Blogger Spin_Doc1 said...

I am buying this album ASAP!

At 3:45 PM, Blogger Blazngfyre said...

I have this as well .... it NEVER leaves my cd player.

At 8:09 PM, Blogger Clover said...

I liked Annie from way back when with Sweet Dreams. I need to get this album. Thanks for reminding me of an artist I enjoy.

At 2:52 PM, Blogger Steven Novak said...

I used to dig Annie Lennox back int he day...

Though...if you were to ever ask me in person I would deny it. ;)


At 7:16 AM, Blogger Dan said...

Annie Lennox rocks and is one hot chik.

Speaking of hot chiks, why is this blog named "2 hot chiks" when the only hot chik I ever see writing here is Theresa?

Maybe it's because Theresa is hot enough for two chiks? Could be! ;)

At 7:29 AM, Blogger Chick said...

Oh Theresa...I agree...thanks for reminding my of how I used to listen to this CD over & over & over...til I was sick of it...I haven't listened to it in years because I OD'd myself on it...

I love her sense of urgency in that she has to say it all right now...right now...or else lose it.

At 8:00 AM, Blogger theresa said...

Larry, don't forget you too.

Spin, you won't regret it.

Blaze, that doesn't surprise me a bit.

Clover, if you're like me you'll need to have some tissues to listen to the whole thing.

Steven, I promise not to tell anyone, however, if it amuses me I may taunt you privately.

Dan, sadly my hot chik blogmate lost interest in this little project.
It would be nice if I were hot enough for two chiks. Then, maybe I'd get double the lovin'

Chick, I OD'd on it too. However, after such a long break in between listens, I heard a few things with a new ear. I love when that happens.

At 9:33 AM, Blogger Polyman3 said...

I've always loved her strength as a woman and an artist.
Lately I've fallen in love with Fiona Apple too.

At 1:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All is beautiful. . .

At 12:27 PM, Blogger Unacknowledged Genius said...

Happy Holidays, Theresa

At 1:53 PM, Blogger Dan said...

Theresa, you are hot enough for two! So there! :)

At 2:12 PM, Blogger theresa said...

Pman3 - You have great taste in Chiks!

Popeye - Indeed. You make a Love Goddess proud. I can't even think of you without grinning from ear to ear.

UGenius - Merry-Merry!

Dan - You're sweet. This is why so many Hot Chiks want to hug and smooch you. XOXO


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