“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.” — Faye Travers (The Painted Drum, Louise Erdrich)
I saw that quote on a FB posting and it immediately clicked. I love how humans see things in different ways, and express it so beautifully.
One of the founding members of one of my favorite bands- Pink Martini- just committed suicide. What a tragedy. In honor of Derek Rieth, and the people around him who are now traumatized and grieving:
Amado Mio- Pink Martini
Hey Eugene- Pink Martini
Hang On Little Tomato- Pink Martini
Let’s Never Stop Falling In Love- Pink Martini