Times like These

Times like These

I absolutely love the Foo Fighters! Seriously, one of the best bands I’ve seen in concert – which was how I happened to fall in love with their music…they were opening for The Police some years back at Dodger Stadium and it was hands down the best part of the whole concert (as a life-long Police fan, that’s saying something)! There are few celebrity-types I’d like to hang out and bbq with…Dave Grohl would be among them.

As I was preparing to write this newsletter, something about the concept of time kept coming up…My husband mentioned time is precious after we suffered a family loss recently, a good friend talked of time speeding by as our youngest kids will both graduate high school this year, a book I’m reading mentioned that time is our most valuable commodity and asked the all-important question how am I making it count? As I was rockin out in my studio recently, my play list included the song “Times Like These”. Although a familiar song, I stopped to really listen to what I was singing…

I'm a new day rising
I'm a brand new sky
To hang the stars upon tonight
I am a little divided
Do I stay or run away
And leave it all behind?
It's times like these you learn to live again
It's times like these you give and give again

I wasn’t going to be cliché and write about it being a new year or anything about "Yay! 2020 is over! WooHoo welcome 2021", because let’s face it, nothing much has changed...but as I thought about it, I realized that’s not true - I have changed. Specifically, my concept and appreciation of the time that I/we have been given. The lyrics above speak from a first person perspective, but if I were to adjust the lens and look at from a different perspective (which is how I like to paint), then the song would go something like this;

This, today, is a new day rising
A brand new sky, different from yesterday (as we witness with the rising and setting sun)
Instead of being divided, let's be firm in our direction forward, because
It’s times like these we've learned to live again, more fully, more joyfully, more wholly
It’s times like these let's happily give and give again, in our work, of our time, to those in our tribe

Time is a gift! We are only given so much of it, and as we stare down the path of a new year, my hope for us, my faithful art lovers and friends, is that we will find joy, peace, beauty and laughter in abundance each and every day!

Here’s to an exceptional year ahead!


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Right before we went to sleep last night, and again this morning we listened to the Foo Fighters too. Mike mentioned that Time song is one of his favorites also, and so your timing really resonates with me now, today. I have found myself really immersed in appreciating the preciousness of every moment deeply ever since our mom passed on, made even more poignant after the birth of daughter Sophie, and every major life-threatening event that has occurred betwixt and between. Thank you for your expressionist savoir faire, your timeliness and the gift of how beautifully you create & move through this world!! So grateful for your touching words helping pave the way for broader, lovelier horizons to come. **Ruth

Ruth Bowman


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