This past winter I met the musician/activist Michael Franti in Bali and I fell in love with his music. Here are some of my favorite lyrics.

One Step Closer to You

I’ve been down for far too long
Till my faith was nearly gone
I never knew somebody just like you
Could be a friend i could call my own

Till i let go of a broken heart
I let go to an open heart
I let go of my broken dreams
I let go to the mystery
And i believe in the miracles
I believe in the spiritual
I believe in the one above
I believe in the one i love

take one step closer to you
I just take one step closer to you
Even when i’ve fallen down
My heart says follow through
I take one step closer to you

I never meant to hurt you, no
And you never meant to hurt me to
But it seems like you always do
And even though i’m scared sometimes
If ever see you fallen down
I will be the one that’s there for you

So i let go of a broken heart
I let go to an open heart

I let go of my broken dreams
I let go to the mystery
And i believe in the miracles
I believe in the spiritual
I believe in the one above
I believe in the one i love
& take one step closer to you

I just take one step closer to you
Even when i’ve fallen down
My heart says follow through
I take one step closer to you

I just take one step closer to you
I just take one step closer to you

I keep on walking to you, i’m walking
I keep on walking to you, i’m walking
I keep on walking to you, i’m walking
And i’m never going to stop

Even when i’ve fallen down
My heart says follow through
I’ll take one step closer
I’ll take two steps closer

Just take one step closer to you
I just take one step closer to you

Pray for Grace

Why must I feel like this today
I’m a soldier but afraid sometimes
To face the things that may
Block the sun from shinin’ rays
And fill my life with shades of grey
But still I long to find a way
So today I pray for grace

I take a moment to myself
So I can myself
To feel myself
And be real myself
Life’s addictions and afflictions
Cause abrasions from their friction
Sometimes, it’s easier to live in fiction
I can run, but I can’t hide
From the pains that
Reside deep down inside
There is no pill
That can be swallowed
There is no guru
That can be followed
There’s no escapin’
From my own history
Those that I hurt,
And those that hurt me
I was dead for a million years
‘Fore I was born and
I’ll be dead for a million more
After I’m gone
So I live, to give somethin’
That can live on
Like the way you hum a song when the music’s gone
Like the warmth on the sand
When the sun goes down
And I’m sittin’ with myself
Nobody else is around but,

Been a long, long time
Since I been away
Been a long, long time
Since I felt this way
Been a long, long time
I found the words to say
How much I’m grateful
For my life today
‘Cause under every cup
You might find a nut
Behind every corner
You might get jacked up
At the end of every rainbow,
You might find gold
The last bite of your sandwich,
Hope you don’t find mould
‘Cause none of us
Can live the perfect life
The kind that we see on nick at night
And sometimes, we all
Just lose sight
Of the pain that will guide us
From dark into the light
We fall down yes, but we get up,
And sometimes we just need
A little bit of love
To help make it
Through another day
Into the night, into the light,
Into a Saturday
So in the morning when I’m waitin’
For the sun to raise
And my head’s a little foggy
Like I’m in a haze
I remind myself that
Everything is gonna be okay
I take a breath, slow down and say….
I pray for grace…

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