18 November 2014

Brooke Fraser: Trying new things with Brutal Romantic

"Being a beginner again I think is healthy... at every stage of life." -Brooke Fraser

 A Radio New Zealand interview video ranges widely from creative process to musing about suffering in the lives of people we love.

Brooke affirms her Christian faith but thinks labels are rather two dimensional and pigeon holing. I agree. There's so much more to her, and most people, than what media can describe.

Brooke's love of words started young and has born fruit in ways she didn't imagine. As a teenager, Brooke wanted to be a journalist. A prolific reader, she continues to learn and grow and stretch and create.

Her latest album, Brutal Romantic, is available on iTunes and other retailers. It opened at #1 on NZ charts. Her tour dates for North America, Australia and New Zealand can be found at her terrific Kiwi designed website.

Watch Kings & Queens video here.

I love her sense of humour and groundedness. She knows who she is and fights to maintain her identity in what could otherwise be a crazy industry and lifestyle.

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10 November 2014

Suffering: respond kindly, with gentleness and grace.

Be kind. Give a little. Let grace, gratitude and generosity win the day, or each battle as it comes.

A Maori whakataukī or proverb:
He aha te mea nui? He tangata. He tangata. He tangata.
What is the most important thing? It is people. It is people. It is people.

Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines a year ago. Remember?
NZ's South Island had two devastating earthquakes 3 1/2 years ago. Remember? What's no longer in headlines is still an unwelcome reality for the locals.

Tornados through Joplin, MO, and southern Indiana.... tsunamis that devastated the lives of people in parts of Thailand, India and the region... fires, floods, violence, accidents... a friend's dad died yesterday.... attended a baby's funeral last Friday.... someone's just gotten out of prison; someone else has just gone in... surgery is planned; "Further treatment won't help. I'm sorry."

Refugees wait, or try to resettle as foreigners. Foster kids wait, wondering why and what next? Identity confusion, addiction, insecurity, depression, abuse....

There is so much we cannot fix, but we can respond. We can be kind to each person we meet, not knowing the battles each faces. The common ground is our shared humanity.

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