Salt and Light #11
Wishing You a Happy, Healthy New Year!
Thank you to everyone who kindly donated to Shelter for our Christmas song release. I’m grateful that I had a wonderful Christmas in Wales with my family, and I’m filled with hope, at the cusp of the New Year, for a happier, healthier year ahead for all. Over the holiday season I watched three movies all about love – The Holiday, Love Actually and The Family Stone. Shortly after watching these films I opened the page of a book called “Love, Medicine, and Miracles” to find a study by two Harvard psychologists showing that watching movies about love increases levels of immunoglobulin-A in the saliva, the first line of defense against colds and other viral diseases! Love heals, and in these troubled times, where stress and anxiety is at an all-time high, we can be comforted by the power of love and positivity on our health. I pray with these sincere words for 2022.
“There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer; no disease that enough love will not heal, no door that enough love will not open, no gulf love will not bridge, no wall that enough love will not throw down. It makes no difference how deeply seated the trouble, how hopeless the outlook, how muddled the tangle, how great the mistake. A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all. If only you could love enough you would be the happiest and most powerful being in the world.”
-Emmet Fox, The Sermon on the Mount.
A Small Act of Love
This week I was sent by surprise a remix of a song, from a studio in Costa Rica recorded a few years ago – a traditional song I wrote and adapted with Nadia Gulledge and botanist Patricia Slump on a rainforest trek on the Nicoya Peninsula. ‘May the love we share, spread its wings, and shine on everyone’ seems a good mantra for the New Year ahead. This is a sneak preview of the song in progress for newsletter subscribers! I hope you enjoy the stunning scenery of Costa Rica Paradise. Pura Vida!
New Show Announcement!!
On Saturday June 4th I’ll be performing at the fantastic venue CRUMPLEBURY in Worcestershire, with comedian and pianist, Alistair McGowan. See below for details! Another chance to don the black tie or pretty dress and hear Alistair’s beautiful piano music and brilliant comedy. I’ll be performing songs from my albums, accompanied by Martin Riley and Ben Walsh, so if you missed us at Walcot Hall last year, you can see our double bill show again this Spring!
My next concert is in Camden, London at The Green Note café on Sunday, February 27th with the magnificent Americana singer-songwriter Edwina Hayes! Hope to see you there.