Hear 4: Spirit of My Silence

"Spirit of my silence I can hear you, but I'm scared to be near you, because I don't know where to begin."

These words open up the album "Carrie and Lowell by Sufjan Stevens. A work that coalesces around the topic of grief and loss.

Before you read any more of this post, read this article here

And listen to this song... 

Peter Rollins refers to humans as "haunted houses." "We are all full of ghosts," he says. Within us their are poltergeists, the ghosts we try and repress only to have them come out and consume us in the most unlikely and unfortunate of times.

And then there are the holy ghosts. The ghosts we expose and face head on to, in time, create renewal. 

A true artist is someone that helps us gain access to the places in our emotion that we would rather not go. And in doing this, they help us give language and prescribe feeling to what it is we are holding onto. Does the language of Stevens - in this song, in that article, speak anything to you? 

Listen to the spirit of your silence. And if you don't know where to begin, try creating something that manifests the theme of what you hear. 

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