Ruth Blake: Brave Ships

Ruth Blake es una cantautora que en 2015 realizara su presentación en la industria discográfica con Lullabies for Grown-Ups, su álbum debut que fuese seguido, en 2018, por Creation, además de formar parte del colectivo Music as Medicine y la Brightsky Community, colaborar con James Frost, Caulbearers, y presentar en 2020 el tema Over Comes a Cloud, más como es tiempo de mostrar sus avances, el próximo 27 de Enero tendrá disponible, vía Apple Music, Spotify, y Bandcamp, su nuevo sencillo, uno que llegara gracias a Ashley Jenkins, un personaje a quien la discapacidad no le ha privado de convertirse en nadador o locutor de radio.

Brave Ships es el leitmotiv de todos aquellos que, en diferentes momentos y circunstancias, deben soltar las amarras para enfrentar al mar embravecido porque, más allá de alcanzar un objetivo o llevar la nave a buen puerto, tienen un compromiso con su tripulación, y éste es llevarlos sanos y salvos a su destino.

He’s a beloved friend and I’m sure it is no coincidence that Brave Ships entered the world through the portal of his home.
Es un amigo querido y estoy seguro de que no es casualidad que Brave Ships entrara al mundo a través del portal de su casa.

It was just after the peak of Extinction Rebellion activity, a few months before the Covid pandemic struck. I felt deep love of the earth and a desire to see a paradigm shift in the way we relate to the natural world and indeed the world in general. I was riding difficult inner conflicts, asking myself what I felt was being asked of me as we head into the stormy waters of this unique time in human history. It was then that I re-read an exquisite piece of writing entitled ‘Letter to a Young Activist During Troubled Times’ by one of my all-time favourite authors – Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, who noted that a “soul on deck shines like gold in dark times”. The letter struck me anew, rich with symbolic beacons of hopes set amongst the paradoxes of life, reassuring us heartily that we are seaworthy vessels no matter how ragged our flags have become.
Fue justo después del pico de actividad de Extinction Rebellion, unos meses antes de que golpeara la pandemia de Covid. Sentí un profundo amor por la tierra y un deseo de ver un cambio de paradigma en la forma en que nos relacionamos con el mundo natural y, de hecho, con el mundo en general. Me enfrentaba a conflictos internos difíciles, preguntándome qué sentía que me estaban pidiendo mientras nos adentramos en las aguas tormentosas de este momento único en la historia de la humanidad. Fue entonces cuando volví a leer un escrito exquisito titulado ‘Carta a un joven activista durante tiempos convulsos’ de una de mis autoras favoritas: la Dra. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, quien señaló que “un alma en cubierta brilla como oro en tiempos oscuros “. La carta me impactó de nuevo, rica en faros simbólicos de esperanzas colocadas entre las paradojas de la vida, asegurándonos de todo corazón que somos barcos en condiciones de navegar por muy andrajosas que se hayan vuelto nuestras banderas.

Ruth Blake

Ruth Blake, Brave Ships…

Hey when we started out (tai tikka tai yeah)
We were all sweet innocent and bright (tai yeah)
But hey now we’re coming back round (tai tikka tai yeah)
Dragons on the way have singed a few hairs

And sometimes you know I lose sight (tai tikka tai yeah)
Of all of you other ships braving the night (tai yeah)
And sometimes you know I get scared (a hey yeah)
Of reaching for a hand to find it’s not there
Reaching for a hand to find it’s not there

Chorus
Hold on, waves are coming in
Stand firm, waves’ll come, another one and another one
Hold strong, mighty souls were born for storms like these
Storms like these…

Remembering…

V2

Hey when we started out (tai tikka tai yeah)
We were all sweet innocent and bright (tai yeah)
But hey now we’re coming back, back round (hey yeah)
We’re ragged at the edges, dragged back through a hedge

And sometimes you know I lose sight (tai tikka tai yeah)
Of all of you other ships braving the night (tai yeah)
And sometimes you know I get scared (a hey yeah)
Of reaching for a hand to find it’s not there
Reaching for a hand to find it’s not there

Chorus

Bridge
So remember your soul, remember your soul
Remember who you are and why you came,
Remember who you are
Oh remember your soul

Middle 8

And though we always do our best but it never seems to be enough
And we’re losing everything
And everything so hard, wading through the dark paths of the heart
Still we’re losing everything
And God it’s such a mess, so much suffering
Feels like I’m trying to bail us out with a teaspoon
But it’s not just me, there’s a whole fleet coming up behind and it’s what we’re here for
No it’s not just me there’s a whole fleet coming up behind and it’s what we’re built for

Coz if the ocean was calm every day
You would never find the courage of the man who was drowning
And if you never burnt down to the ground
You could never rise up from the ashes you were down in
And if you wanna know more push off from the shore
Without the promise of a happy ending
And if you wanna know love
Bow down to the shadow of the truth that you’ve been defending
Yeah if you wanna know love
Bow down to the shadow of the truth that you’ve been defending
If you wanna know love…

Just do what you do, just be what you are, imperfectly you
It’s the world you were meant for
Just do what you do, just be what you are, imperfectly you
It’s the world you were meant for

Keep on doing what you, just be what you are
It’s the world you were meant for
Keep on doing what you, just be what you are
It’s the world you were meant for

Chorus

Bridge 2
So remember your soul, remember your soul
Remember your strength, remember your deepest tears
Remember your fire and know that you’re needed here
Remember your soul, remember your soul

Outro
Push off from the shore and keep your head above the water
Look around and celebrate all those who are there with you
We are brave ships sailing the wide waters of the unknown
And we were made for these times

Brave Ships

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