Music time, and then weekend time!  This week the song we’re starting with is one of, in my opinion, the most beautiful songs ever written.  I was reminded of it this week when it popped up in my iTunes shuffle on Wednesday and I ended up listening to it about nine times.  The song always hits me, but it hit me a little extra this time around.  [As I said, I listened nine times…] Many people who are familiar with “The Valley” know it as a k.d. lang song, and she does make it her own, but it was originally written and performed by the wonderful Jane Siberry.  If you are not familiar with her, get to work changing that please. For a couple of reasons, this song seems even more appropriate to me today than it did on Wednesday, particularly this stanza:

“you walk through the shadows
uncertain and surely hurting
deserted by the blackbirds and the staccato of the staff
and though you trust the light towards which you wend your way
sometimes you feel all that you wanted has been taken away
you will walk in good company”

So, let’s start with a performance of the song from Jane, and then one from k.d.; then we’ll hit shuffle, see where we are ten songs later, and then we go! Take care of yourselves and the people close to you.

1. Kings of Convenience – “I’d Rather Dance With You”
2. Corelli: Concerto Grosso No. 8 in G Minor, Op. 6, “Christmas Concerto”: II. Allegro, performed by the Moscow Conservatory Chamber Orchestra [Full recording: Parts I and II]
3. Dar Williams – “The Tide Falls Away”
4. Tori Amos – “Raspberry Swirl” [Lip Gloss Version]
5. Dosh – “Call The Kettle”
6. Stereophonics – “Is Yesterday, Tomorrow, Today?”
7. Wilco – “I’m The Man Who Loves You”
8. Coolio – “Gangsta’s Paradise”
9. Brandi Carlile – “Looking Out”
10. Dar Williams – “Go To The Woods”

Wow, lots of Dar lately. I like that. And yeah, that says “Gangsta’s Paradise,” it’s in my iTunes, stuff it.

This is Dar Williams’ “Go To The Woods,” but I got rid of the video because it’s a stupid user video and I have no interest in that kinda stuff. Just the song, please!

And here’s the Dosh, because it’s cool and instrumental and fun: