IRIS DE MENT
LET US TAKE A BREAK TODAY FROM "HOLY MOTHER CHURCH" AND ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE YOU TO ONE OF MY FAVOURITE SINGERS - IRIS DE MENT.
I find her music attractive because she sings in a very soulful, often sad way and because I find a spirituality in her lyrics.
I had the privilege of meeting her many years ago when he gave a concert at Queen's University, Belfast.
That night her backers sound system did not work and she was going to cancel the concert and I went up to her and said: Iris, it's you we came to listen to. Forget the backing and sing for us with your guitar. She did.
After the concert, we corresponded for a while and then we lost touch.
One of the things we all think about is what happens when we die. Is there an afterlife etc.
I think Iris' song LET THE MYSTERY BE is how we should think about that:
The afterlife - and I firmly believe there is one - is a mystery. So, let the mystery be and let us live this one to the full and do all the good we can.
When I met Iris I felt that, rightly or wrongly, I saw a lot of pain in her face. I don't know if it was past pain or present pain.
We all have times of pain in our lives. But there is always a tomorrow, a tomorrow when everything is going to be better. Her song INFAMOUS ANGEL speaks to me.
One of the great pains we all have in life in the pain of loss - of losing some to death or reaching the end of a relationship.
At those times - when we are deep in the winter of loss - it feels that things will never get better.
But they do! There will always be scars and memories left. But it becomes possible for us to live again after loss. Iris' song EVEN AFTER YOU'RE GONE is very meaningful to me.
I suffered a great sense of loss when my mother JoJo died after she had lived with me for the last 16 years of her life. I was the first of her 17 births.
|MAM 1929 - 2006|
In March this year, I lost my favourite sister Margaret. She and I had been in each other's lives - and very close for 64 years.
|MAGS 1953 - 2017|
THE HEROES OF ROUTINE:
Most of us have lives of routine - at home, in the office, on the building site etc.
And yet the world would not work without the routine of the mother, the bus driver, the pharmacist, the refuse collector etc, etc.
Very few people get to be rich and famous and powerful - and even those who are not always happy.
We all have to be HEROES OF ROUTINE.
We all have to find meaning - and God if we want him - in the daily routine.
Iris's song EASY'S GETTING HARDER EVERY DAY is an anthem to the miracle and virtue of the daily routine: