When a dramatic event dripping with human stupidity happens, like the people killed in Toronto, the medias will take days to repeat the same words.
To help each other, here are some personal choices of readings and music to appease the sorrow mounting inside us and alleviate those moments when we doubt humanity.
For those of you who stand near a empty room, my heart goes to you. May you live through this mourning knowing that you are not alone. May life bring to you hope and compassion.
My music and reading list to appease and heal those who are grieving :
Albinoni Concerto, Adagio in G Minor (Albinoni) (Youtube here, still landscapes pictures)
The Foor Seasons by Vivaldi (Autumn)
Borodine – Prince Igor, polovtsian dances, (Youtube version with a female conductor, Sylwia Anna Janiak Poland Symphony Orchestra of the Felix Nowowiejski Music School in Gdańsk, Poland; Note: very dynamic!
Glazunov, The Seasons, op. 67 – Autumn : Petit adagio played by the Philarmonie jeunesse de Montréal. (A little StarWars theme part near the end!)
Ave Maria by Schubert, interpreted by Andrea Bocelli and by Luciano Pavarotti (for the nostalgics, year not mentioned)
La Moldeau by Smetana (moody and beautiful, orchestra on Youtube, directed by Nejc Becan)
Pierre Lapointe, Sais-tu qui tu es? Heard this morning (Video Youtube)
Enya (The Kelts) ballads
Soundtrack from the movie « Out of Africa », du grand déploiement – 14 minutes. Composé et dirigé par John Barry.
Any musical theme from a movies you liked.
(Wonderful movies Soundtracks – Youtube, still pictures, 1h23min)
Music of celtic inspiration (Youtube, images fixes, 2 heures!)
A musical application, including a « safety plan » for people dealing with depression and sorrow. http://www.moodtools.org/ (I do not guarantee results, but it looks interesting!)
Reflexions and contemplation
Hubert Reeves/ La Plus Belle Histoire du Monde
Ursula K. LeGuin No time to Spare (réflexions)
Flight Behavior, par Barbara Kingsolver. The Great American Novel has been written. A story beginning with a butterfly… 464 pages.
Ronnie Roberts, her Poet, Oregon series: four short romance novels featuring endearing, modern characters.
The author doesn’t refrain from tackling social issues like homelessness in Fixer Upper, handicap and mental health in Carolyn Explains, familial violence and cancer in Nailed it, which I am reading. Despite trials and disagreable opposants, her stories give back hope in the human gentleness.
Page de Ronnie Roberts
Rebellious Mourning: Wait three month before reading this collection of hard accounts. This intimate, moving, and timely collection of essays points the way to a world in which the burden of grief is shared. This collective sharing helps to walk towards a liberation.
Maria Popova, Brain Pickings . This blogger collects reflexions from a variety of works. http://brainpickings.org
The blog of Ursula K. Leguin, still present. The annals of Pard, the domestic universe seen through a cat’s eyes. http://ursulakleguin.com – go to « Blog »
Zen Pencils is an illustrated blog, featuring philosophical reflexions put in pictures.
At last, this fog bow (a white bow), a special encounter at dawn …