Too Close to Heaven: A Poem by Christine Bode for Those Suffering With Their Mental Health

Circle of Angels in Dante’s Paradise by Gustave Dore

Do you or someone you know feel as if you’re getting too close to heaven? Do you feel that life is unbearable on this crazy blue planet and that you don’t know how much longer you can live here? I have felt that way too, I assure you.

Acutely aware that an innumerable amount of people has lost someone they love during this pandemic, from either the virus, because they couldn’t get the medical care they needed, or because they took their own life, I am thinking of you today and wanted to share a poem that I wrote years ago for a friend of mine who took his life. The poem was inspired by the song “Too Close to Heaven” by The Waterboys which you can hear in the stunningly beautiful and powerful video below, posted by deep46blue on YouTube.

If you know of someone who is struggling with their mental health right now, please reach out to The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) for advice on how you can help them. Their toll-free number is 1-800-463-2338.

TOO CLOSE TO HEAVEN

by Christine Bode

You are the brother I never had
Seeing your pain made me so sad
Grateful for every moment we spent
Knowing everything that I said I meant

All the love
All the laughter
Every joy
Every game

You’re too close to heaven to worry about shame

I miss you more than you’ll ever know
Every road travelled has led us here
If I had my way I would go before
I’ll try my best not to need you near

All the raging
All the mud
Every river
Every flood

You’re too close to heaven to worry about blood

Will you ask God when you see him
If he will help me bear your loss
Tell him I am pissed off that
he didn’t pick some other sod

All the stress
All the fright
Every vow
Every tear

You’re too close to heaven to worry about fear

I’ll ask God when he’s listening
to take care of your soul
I’ll ask him for understanding
in this forbidding vicious world

All the past
All the future
Every hope
Every strife

You’re too close to heaven to worry about life

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Jon Davis – Overcoming Pain by Bianca Marques & Rick Keene

dsc_5185Listening to Jon Davis’ new album Open Shore  is like sinking into a big comfy chair after a long day.

The overall sound washes over a person in a wave of relaxation. As the sinking sensation encases a soul to newer depths – beautiful lyrics toss one deeper into the intricate compositions.

A combination of James Taylor and Kenny Rankin. Jazz through Pop amid haunting yet charming melodies – Jon is a quintessential Canadian songwriter. Instilling truth amid the pain. Instilling a profound instinct into the human condition of despair and sadness. Discovering a happy medium.

There is a motivational vibe that emanates from Jon’s songs.

What inspires the beautiful craftsmanship within each song? His noble response a bit unexpected …

“In my life in general I’ve dealt with mental illness. Often  when I’m writing a song,  I’m trying to overcome these problems –  so that’s a major motivation for me. I want help other people, I know people have problems in their lives and it’s really important for me and for music to go out and help people come to a higher understanding or get over problems,” says Davis.

Jon is a talented guitarist and pianist. He writes best when he’s out on long walks, during this time the melodies or lyrics arrive and are fitted together in a song. His relaxed way of writing is definitely reflected in his music …

Jon Davis remains a humble man.dsc_5156

So humble, he can not get over the fact he received a grant do make an album. A human album from the heart. The CD is titled Open Shore and Davis’ favorite song is ‘After the Birds’.

An intense track, in fact his most intense song he has written …

I like when art gets intense and actually, it can get pretty dark and painful if it’s to bring you to a better place,” says Jon.

In 2006, Jon suffered a traumatic head injury, an injury which unfortunately led to his dismissal in the lead role within a musical production theater. Throughout – Davis kept a positive mindset and focused his attention to writing songs. Something which became a blessing in disguise …

“Being bed–ridden provided me the chance to write songs, something I have always wanted to do,” explains Davis.  “If not for the injury, I would have stayed in theater longer.”

To further an insight into the man’s mind, Jon describes his positive philosophy in one sentence:

“If we can destroy the need to succeed then we can really live in the moment.”

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Jon Davis will be launching his new CD Open Shore at:

The Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W, Toronto

Friday, April 26, 8:30pm

15$ Advance / 10$ Door

 

Jon is in Montreal May 1st @
Robin des Bois
4653 St. Laurent
Cinq a Sept
Tickets are $10.00 at the door.
Come and listen to some fine songs amongst friends. All the staff at Robin des Bois are volunteers. Enjoy a glass of wine, a beer or a nice meal.

NOTE: This post was shared from Rick Keene Music Scene with their permission. Jon Davis is a new client of mine and I’m really looking forward to attending his CD Release at The Rivoli in Toronto on April 26th!