TCC Playlist: A Heart Needs A Home by Shawn Colvin and Loudin Wainwright III

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Wainwright and Shawn Colvin

“Tongues talk fire and eyes cry rivers . . . A heart needs a home”

I just finished reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I liked the movie, so I decided to give the book a try. Mostly, I was struck by how homeless the narrator was. Like the archetypal American, she was totally unmoored, without a tradition or community (without a set of spiritual readings or practices) to turn to in the aftermath of her divorce and her mother’s death. What she found on the Pacific Crest Trail was a kind of secular way of the pilgrim. Her life on the trail was repetitive and ritualistic and these almost penitential practices — walking 15 miles a day with sores on her feet, fasting, etc. — actually, helped her to her to find peace. To be a Catholic Christian is to have a home and a spiritual framework with which to engage the world. A heart needs a home. Listen to Loudin Wainwright III and Shawn Colvin sing Richard and Linda Thompson’s song “A Heart Needs a Home” here: