Falling Slowly

April 16, 2012 at 8:01 PM Leave a comment

Once, the movie that came out in 2007, opened last month on Broadway. It’s a great movie, gritty and low-budget, with music by Glan Hansard and Markéta Irglová, who also star in it (different actors take those roles on Broadway). One of my favorite songs from the film, “Falling Slowly,” won an Oscar for best original song in the movie and Crystal Bowersox and Lee Dewyze sang it on American Idol.

While we’re in the neverending wait to adopt, music like “Falling Slowly” helps fill the void, and this song holds a special meaning–the process has been very slow for us. The opening lyrics also struck a chord with me as a parent, and though all expectant parents wonder what their child will be like, but this opening lyric especially fits parents adopting from foster care:

“I don’t know you
but I want to
all the more for that.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoSL_qayMCc

The wait can be really frustrating, and I often think that our child or children are out there, in less than ideal circumstances, and how I’d like to storm in and take them already. “Falling Slowly” reminds me that it takes time.

Other songs have been inspiring for me as I wait for news. Not like the songs from Annie, which are obviously about adoption, these songs just speak to me as someone waiting to adopt from foster care.

  • Shania Twain, “God Bless the Child” Wikipedia says Entertainment Weekly called it naive, but is it naive to believe we all have value?
  • Dan Zanes, “Granito de Mostaza” With lyrics in Spanish and English, this song says each one of us can make a difference.
  • Voxology, “Rain Down” Not only does this song have great lyrics, the pickin’ is beautiful too.
  • Chumbawamba, “Tubthumping” You know: “I get knocked down, but I get up again…”
  • Debbie Friedman, “Those Who Sow in Tears” From Psalm 126.
  • Lazlo Bane, “Superman” This verson was theme song for Scrubs, and I never got tired of hearing the line, “I’m no superman.”
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