Single Review: Narrow Bridge by Kimberly Haynes
The beauty of grief and setback lies in the redemption of the soul–a release from the clutches of what held it back, and what covered it. The events of life throw challenges whose difficulty threshold keeps mounting. But we can’t afford to stop and need to keep digging deep with our “whys” till we find the answers, and ultimately rise to the natural state of our real self. It is easier said than done, and admittedly, not everybody’s potpourri. A very few even dare to try it, and again, a very few among the ones who try, get it.
Kimberly Haynes has dared to walk on that path–a path that leads to the “Narrow Bridge” depicting life. She found this Hebrew prayer talking to her soul when she was tested by the turn of events of life–her husband transitioned to the other world from cancer. What a beautiful way to respond to the tragedy of life by giving back something to this world that even others could share and find solace in!
The very first note from the flugelhorn takes you to the esoteric heights of spiritual experiences that remain deeply hidden within us. Jeff Oster lets your heart open slowly in his trademark style.
The song starts with the Hebrew lyrics and later the English too. The wisdom and the courage gained therefrom is reflected in Kimberly’s voice when she utters those words:
“On this path that we walk
The masters have already walked
And the thing to recall
Is not to fear at all”
A meaningful slow tempo lets you imbibe energy from the sound and allows you to let your own worries and challenges lighten a bit. But as the song reaches its fag end, at 5:40s, as if the soul is ready to throw away the shackles completely and enjoy the rhythm, the song picks up a bit of force. In fact, the Indian drum, Tabla lends a beautiful percussive base to the chorus and to Kimberly’s voice which explores its range on the higher notes too. Maybe, it is appropriate because the essence of the highest wisdom from India also emphasizes being “fearless”.
A very intimate, enriching, and empowering song, indeed. Has every ounce of value and worth!