Our Work is Never Done

I had hoped that by 47 I would know more, but it appears that the ocean of things I DON'T know reveals itself to be far larger than I ever imagined with each passing year. The song "Our Work is Never Done" came about as my mother was dying. I saw that there was no end to the learning in this life and the song helped me make some peace with that. I want to acknowledge my debt to Rebecca Martin, a great singer and songwriter who showed me an unfinished song years ago with a very similar title. Perhaps it was "Her Work is Never Done" - I forget now, but when my song was completed I felt an echo of Rebecca in it and couldn't place it right away. Talking with her, she jogged my memory and I had a guilty moment, and then I realized it's all one song, every song is born out of others and as she didn't seem disturbed and the songs are very different in other ways, I want to acknowledge and celebrate the wisdom of her gift to me and how it became woven into the lead track on "The Beacon". Thank you, Rebecca.

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  • Rebecca Martin

    Rebecca Martin

    Oh, dear Alice. The song is called "your work is never done", and it is a song that was never completed. Perhaps it will someday. But it was YOU who brought it to my attention, as a debt of gratitude which you never would have needed to do (though your deep gratitude of everything is always an inspiration to me. Having you as a friend has made me a better person, to0). Songs are all in the air. They are all of ours. "Music is for everyone who is open to hear. There's nothing between us but notes in the air. You are a beauty. I can see you. In your song. Play for me, love."

    Oh, dear Alice. The song is called "your work is never done", and it is a song that was never completed. Perhaps it will someday.

    But it was YOU who brought it to my attention, as a debt of gratitude which you never would have needed to do (though your deep gratitude of everything is always an inspiration to me. Having you as a friend has made me a better person, to0).

    Songs are all in the air. They are all of ours.

    "Music is for everyone who is open to hear. There's nothing between us but notes in the air. You are a beauty. I can see you. In your song. Play for me, love."

  • Alice Bierhorst

    Alice Bierhorst

    Oh, Rebecca - I love that - yes, I remember now that your song was called "YOUR Work is Never Done" - an even better title! And I love your quote - music is indeed for "everyone who is open to hear" - you are a wise, wise angel and I am so grateful to know YOU...love, alice

    Oh, Rebecca - I love that - yes, I remember now that your song was called "YOUR Work is Never Done" - an even better title! And I love your quote - music is indeed for "everyone who is open to hear" - you are a wise, wise angel and I am so grateful to know YOU...love, alice

  • Paul Payton

    Paul Payton Chatham, NJ

    It's my favorite song on the album at first listening. Great philosophy, too!

    It's my favorite song on the album at first listening. Great philosophy, too!

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    Stella Sainthill

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