I found the music of Missy Higgins today, just after finding an old favourite of mine ... Paul Kelly's song, Midnight Rain, via youtube. I've been searching for it online for years.
He sang with Missy and, curious, I went wandering through her world and found Everyone's Waiting ...see the clip below.
And I watched it and remembered swimming in New Zealand's oceans. I remembered how good it felt to walk my dogs on the beaches. I remembered startling one of my favourite dogs out on Long Beach, in Dunedin, when I ran into the surf with her ... fully clothed, one day when I just needed to swim.
Then I hit replay and listened while I wrote to a friend. Not seeing the flim clip, I heard the familar roar of the surf, the crackle and slosh of the sea ... and something clicked, in my soul perhaps.
And I cracked open a spare moleskin notebook I had here.
I wrote New Zealand there on its front page, and started a list.
- find a copy of the movie 'In My Father's Den'.
- swim in the sea
- stand and walk in the surf, (photograph that to bring back to Europe when I leave).
And finally, so long after booking the tickets, I let my mind sift through the possibilities ... sunrises with coffee, outside, someplace beautiful.
Seeing my nieces, the Georgia and Katie creatures, who were 8 years younger when I left and now, well ... they're both teenagers.
And my much-loved favourite sister, Sandra, and my dad ... and one of my brothers, Steve, will be over from Australia.
Anyway, I'll be letting this song of Missy's take me home in the meanwhile ... and maybe I'll play up loud as we wander New Zealand ... letting Home sink back into my bones and fill me again.