There's a beautiful book that I read to my daughter called Miss Rumphius. As a child, Miss Rumphius is charged by her grandfather to make the world a little bit more beautiful. She lives a full life, only remembering that mandate as an older woman. While she can't do much, she decides to spread flower seeds everywhere she goes and the new colourful presence changes the landscape around her. I love this story because it resonates with my desire to dive into a life of beauty.
When I think about what it means to make the world a little bit more beautiful, the ugliness or the dissonances of life are the first things that come to mind. No one needs to tell us that life is painful. But, choosing to uncover and create beauty is not a choice to ignore the pain and the dissonances we find in ourselves and our world. It is a choice to engage those things that we most want to ignore with thoughtfulness and intentionality to mine the beauty that resides underneath it all.
With Calcedon, I want to make challenging music that engages the dissonances of life honestly to find hidden beauty, truth, and deep goodness. As a mom, caring for my two little girls, I want to find beauty in the ordinary and teach them that they can create art everywhere. And, in every day, I want to live a life that is more sustainable today than it was yesterday.
This blog is an amalgamation of the mish-mash of every day life -- thoughts and stories of struggling through the dissonances of life to find the pearls of goodness scattered all around us.