Peaceful Moments


We just returned from a long break and I’m feeling refreshed but pretty down. I’m missing time spent in quiet places. Time for really soaking in the minutes of the day; reading, enjoying the outdoors. Time really does fly by.

While we were in Burlington for the day we went into a record store called Pure Pop (great name, isn’t it?). I wasn’t planning on buying anything but came across Bill Callahan’s new album Apocalypse. We are big fans so we decided to pick it up. It turns out that the album was a perfect accompaniment to our long drive. The song below is my favorite from the album, capturing the mixed emotions of leaving places and relatives as life constantly changes and shuffles.

Riding for the Feeling
Bill Callahan

It’s never easy to say goodbye
To the faces
So rarely do we see another one
So close and so long

I asked the room if I’d said enough
No one really answered
They just said, “Don’t go, don’t go”
Well all this leaving is neverending

I kept hoping for one more question
Or for someone to say,
“Who do you think you are?”
So I could tell them

With intensity, the drop evaporates by law
In conclusion, leaving is easy
When you’ve got some place you need to be
I’m giving up this gig for another season

With the TV on mute
I’m listening back to the tapes
On the hotel bed
My my my apocalypse

I realized I had said very little about ways or wheels
Or riding for the feeling
Riding for the feeling
Is the fastest way to reach the shore

On water or land
Riding for the feeling

What if I had stood there at the end
And said again and again and again and again and again
An answer to every question
Riding for the feeling

Would that have been a suitable goodbye?


About Stephanie

Stephanie is an internationally recognized calligrapher. She employs a wide variety of calligraphic tools, papers, textiles, inks and found objects to articulate both words and portraits.
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7 Responses to Peaceful Moments

  1. annWest says:

    Stephanie, I love all these images and wish I were there!

  2. Margaret Kelley says:

    It’s poetic and altogether true. Glad you enjoyed time with your family.

  3. niasunset says:

    This was so nice… Your photographs, your writing and this musician…. I am listening to the song now. Thank you, Stephanie, you introduced me with Bill Callahan! How nice you reached my humble world, and how made me happy… Thank you, Blessing and Happiness, with my love, nia

    • Stephanie says:

      Thank you for such a nice note, Nia! I’m so glad you like Bill Callahan. He is a genius!

      • niasunset says:

        You are welcome Stephanie, I haven’t known him before, you introduced me with him. I am still listening to some of his songs… Wonderful voice and songs. I want to find his album, Have a nice day, with my love, nia

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