River Flow

Brightwell & Moran

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The story of RIVER FLOW: Last Spring, a friend shared a 2019 Facebook post from Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) that featured the map. It's called a meander map, and this particular one shows all of the various paths that the Mississippi River has taken over millennia (text from original post in the comments). The image by itself was

The story of RIVER FLOW: Last Spring, a friend shared a 2019 Facebook post from Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) that featured the map. It's called a meander map, and this particular one shows all of the various paths that the Mississippi River has taken over millennia (text from original post in the comments). The image by itself was beautiful, but coupled with Liz Gilbert's reflections, it became something larger, more encompassing -- especially read in the context of the Pandemic. When Spring came around again, we found ourselves tentatively hopeful but still sifting through the massive COVID fallout: fear, isolation, disruption, insecurity, suffering, grief.
This map was a tangible reminder of the fact that the forces of nature are shifting constantly, that what seems like the world you know today is just one temporary manifestation of a much larger reality. The river you know in this moment is only one fleeting embodiment of THE RIVER. It was comforting too, because knowing the nature of a river gives us permission to go where life takes us. We can give up our clinging to predictability and safety and instead, surrender to the energy of the flow. Another friend suggested that this should be a song. And as Woody and I wrote the song through our Zoom sessions last Spring, we took Liz's words and married them to our own lives. To me and my family, displaced by COVID and economics, hunkering down in a farmhouse in Minnesota. To Woody and his wife Lisa, spending her last months together at home. To our own individual senses of "Where do we go from here?" as the dreams for our lives that we each previously held onto seemed to disappear. So we did what we had to do: after everything changes, flow river flow ❤️ Track available at all digital and streaming services:

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