Douglass Truth — “This Human Project”

Awhile back I attended a week-long retreat with Tsoknyi Rinpoche in upstate New York, and the guy I ended up sharing a room with turned out to be this brilliant painter, writer, and creator of theatrical events called Douglass Truth. He has a new show coming up, with performances so far only out west, but with any luck there will be some East Coast dates at some point, because the trailer is so much fun. Check out his artwork here.

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“Ten Thousand Flowers in Spring”

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter.
If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life.

“Ten Thousand Flowers in Spring,” by Wu-Men (tr. Stephen Mitchell)
The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry
Harper Perennial, 1993

“This Woman’s Work” — Kate Bush

Hadn’t heard this in ages. Needed to hear it tonight.

The original, which many people don’t realize.

I know you have a little life in you yet
I know you have a lot of strength left
I know you have a little life in you yet
I know you have a lot of strength left…

All the things we should’ve said that we never said
All the things we should’ve done that we never did
All the things that you needed from me
All the things that you wanted for me
All the things I should’ve given but I didn’t
Oh darling, make it go away
Just make it go away now

protection — everything but the girl (massive attack) [live]

A song of universal compassion.

I’ve always thought that it could be even better if … the last chorus shuffled the genders completely, as below. Ya know? Think about it…

sometimes you look so small, need some shelter
been running round and round, helter skelter
and i’ve leaned on you for years, now you can lean on me
that’s more than love, that’s the way it should be

and i can’t change the way you feel
but i can put my arms around you
that’s just part of the deal, that’s the way i feel
i’ll put my arms around you

i stand in front of you, i’ll take the force of the protection
i stand in front of you, i’ll take the force of the protection

you’re a girl and i’m a boy
you’re a boy and i’m a girl
you’re a girl and i’m a girl
you’re a boy and i’m a boy
yeah