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Sunday Song – If It Be Your Will

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On November 7, the sad news was announced that the prominent poet, novelist, musician, singer, songwriter and paint artist, Leonard Cohen had died. He was born on September 21,1934 in Westmount, Quebec, Canada.
His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. He won the Chester Mac Naghten Literary Competition for the poems “Sparrows” and “Thoughts of a Landsman.”

His song “Suzanne” became a hit for Judy Collins who subsequently covered a number of Cohen’s other songs, as well, and was for many years his most covered song. He was also associated with many other performers including Sharon Robinson, Jennifer Warnes and Anjani Thomas. ©wikipedia

During the New York City’s folk scene in Greenwich Village, I had the pleasure of being exposed to his words from other poets who were reciting his poems and aspiring to be as good.

It’s a formidable loss of an incredibly revered visionary artist.

May you Rest in Peace,

Isadora

2016©Isadora DeLaVega

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“Hallelujah” was first released on Cohen’s studio album Various Positions in 1984.

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If It Be Your Will

If it be your will that I speak no more
And my voice be still as it was before
I will speak no more, I shall abide until
I am spoken for, if it be your will

If it be your will that a voice be true
From this broken hill, I will sing to you
From this broken hill, all your praises they shall ring
If it be your will to let me sing

From this broken hill all your praises they shall ring
If it be your will to let me sing

If it be your will, if there is a choice
Let the rivers fill, let the hills rejoice
Let your mercy spill on all these burning hearts in Hell
If it be your will to make us well

And draw us near, and bind us tight
All your children here in their rags of light
In our rags of light, all dressed to kill
And end this night, if it be your will, if it be your will

Song Lyrics 

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Official site for Leonard Cohen


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The Booker Award

A wonderful blogger that I have had the pleasure of following is Lorna from Lorna’s Voice – http://lornasvoice.com

If you haven’t had an opportunity to pop over and read some of her posts it might be time that you did. Get ready to cry from laughter, though.

She has been kind to bestow upon me this very prestigious award called “The Booker Award”. This is overwhelming for me – a novice writer. It seems that most of the people given this award are writers who have published a book. I haven’t. I wish I could finish the ones that are nearly complete so I could be a published writer but that’s another topic. Instead, Lorna, is awarding this to me because she assumes that I am a reader. Well – I am. I do have to admit that with blogging my reading time has become a little shorter but a good book before bedtime can be as relaxing as a glass of warm milk.

Now, I have to list the books that I have enjoyed. This is a bit like picking your favorite child. It depends on my mood and the books behavior.

So here we go – 5 of my favorite books ….

  1.  A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose  by  Eckhart Tolle  New Earth very much focuses on the concept of ego and speaks in a simple yet powerful way that furthers spiritual awakening and enlightenment.  I took away from this book three simple, yet profound ideas. First, Tolle believes that we are all connected to each other; that everything we do matters. Second, Tolle believes in the power of listening. He suggests that if we can quiet our egos long enough to truly listen, it is possible to feel a sacredness and inner harmony where everything has its’ place. And lastly, the author speaks of the power of awareness.

             2. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilber  I first came across Elizabeth Gilbert and the phenomenon that is “Eat Pray Love” a couple of years ago. I saw the movie. I love anything with Julia Roberts. Italy, India and Indonesia mixed with food, wine, yoga, and spiritual growth – a wonderful fantasy. It made me laugh, cry and want to become a stronger person, and, eat my way through Italy.

           3. The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz 

Don Miguel Ruiz is known as a nagual or shaman of the Toltec tradition. The Toltecs were an ancient group of scientists and artists. They were formed to explore and preserve the practices and spiritual knowledge of the ancient. It is not a religion, but a way of life that embraces spirit and honors all the spiritual masters who have taught on the earth.   The Four Agreements are very simple but very profound. To embrace and live each of the Four Agreements is to find yourself experiencing personal freedom; possibly as never before. The Four Agreements are:

Be Impeccable With Your Words
Don’t Take Anything Personally
Don’t Make Assumptions
Always Do Your Best

4.  Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen                                                              

According to the author’s note at the end of the book, many of the compelling anecdotes in the story were based upon real events culled from the diaries and personal histories of old-time circus performers. There is a bond that grows among an unlikely trio who learn to love and trust. Ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.                                                                                                                                                                                                  

The Notebook by Nicolas Sparks  Every so often a love story so captures our hearts that it becomes more than a story-it becomes an experience to remember forever. The Notebook is such a book. It is a celebration of how passion can be ageless and timeless, a tale that moves us to laughter and tears and makes us believe in true love all over again.

Last but not least, I must nominate 5 bloggers for this award. Now, again, this is a bit like picking your favorite child. I hope the other children aren’t pouting.

  1. Gayle from http://bodhirose.wordpress.com/
  2. Amira from http://mindblur.wordpress.com/
  3. Subhan Zein from http://subhanzein.wordpress.com/
  4. Jenny from http://itsjennythewren.wordpress.com/
  5. Jo from http://jobryantnz.wordpress.com/

They aren’t under any obligation to accept. But, in so doing, should mention the person who gave them the award along with their five favorite books, why they like them plus pass the award to five other nominees.

Thank you, Lorna … have fun new nominees.

Isadora