12 January 2021

The living of life, any life, involves great and private pain, much of which we share with no one. In such places as the Inner Gorge, the pain trails away from you. It is not so quiet there or so removed that you can hear yourself think, that you would even wish to. That comes later. You can hear your heartbeat. That comes first.

Barry Lopez 

As a follow up to my last post, which I wrote after reading that the writer Barry Lopez had died last month, I have been reading excerpts from his book Artic Dreams, which has been hiding under a layer of dust on our bookshelf. And then I found these very moving interviews with him online. (Please be aware that in one of them he talks about being sexually abused as a child - and his recovery.) 

In the beginning of the first interview, he mentions that he had just come out of the Grand Canyon where he had spent time with musicians. This is one of the pieces of music from that experience.

 

9 comments:

  1. Thank you for this, Sabine. Following up on your previous quote from Barry Lopez, I took the time yesterday to watch a two-part interview from November 2019. Until today, I did not realize that he had died or that he had been living with cancer for years.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fsUMiY48jA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrkiqZ-yUmo

    In the interview he talks about the book he wrote called Horizon. I have put it on hold at our public library. I am grateful that he was able to finish that book a year before he died and talk about it with such clarity.

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  2. I'm unfamiliar with him. I don't usually listen to long audio interviews. I prefer to read.

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  3. I love knowing that he was in the Grand Canyon with Paul Winter, and that this music came from that experience. I will listen to the interview soon. It's good to hear the voice of such a thoughtful human being.

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  4. I used to have the book "Arctic Dreams," but I don't think I ever read it. I picked it up at some used-book store many years ago. Interesting that he was tagging along with Paul Winter in the Grand Canyon! (I also had Paul Winter's "Canyon" album, from 1985, which I loved. Thanks for this newer clip.)

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  5. I have been rereading Barry Lopez, too.

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  6. I remember hearing an interview with Mr Lopez on Fresh Air with Terry Gross. It was fascinating but I did not search out his writings. I will now.

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  7. My husband mentioned this interview to me. I'm going to have to check our library for his work.

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  8. Thank you for all of this.

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  9. Barry mentioned "...great and private pain, much of which we share with no one..." and nature's ability to heal us. Yes, yes, yes. The mountains, the ocean, the sky, the trees, they hold my pain for awhile, even let me set it down for a time, to just be, they soothe my soul and allow me to carry on, somewhat lighter and freer. I forget this sometimes and I didn't know others felt like this as well.

    Thank you Sabine.

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