“Humanity yearns so desperately to equal God’s creativity. In some creations, how we shine: music, dance, storyweaving, wine.”

Dean Koontz, The Book of Sorrows

Lily center
Center of the Lily

Yearning is an intense desire, longing or need. Enhanced by the social distancing and extra time on our hands during the Covid-19 pandemic, our yearnings rose to the surface of our consciousness. We missed our former lives, people, activities and travels. We yearned for connection and answers to the seemingly unsolvable divisions in our society. We yearned for a more beautiful world.

Even though our freedoms have been restored and the world is opening back up, we still find ourselves yearning for that elusive something that will fulfill us. Arms stretched wide to encircle that thing, or going deeper into our center to find it.

Yearning was the first song I wrote.

It was a journey to fulfill that need that had me striving for an end to limitations.

It was the threshold between before and after.

It was the vehicle to carry me up out of the inner core into the beginning.

The hardest step is the first one. The following excerpt from a poem by David Whyte was very helpful to me throughout the journey of creating the Quiet Beauty album. I reread it on several occasions.

“Start close in,

don’t take the second step

or the third,

start with the first


close in,

the step

you don’t want to take.”

David Whyte: Start Close In

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