Meditation Blues

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About 5 years ago Jim started meditation practice. As everyone knows who has ever tried to learn the practice will tell you, the ability to keep your mind from wondering off into thought about every couple seconds “feels” impossible, yet that is what the practice is about, simply clearing your thoughts and becoming more mindful, not caught up in the busyness of your active thoughts. It has enormous documented health benefits.
Yet keeping your mind free of thoughts is such a challenge that is what inspired this song. Jim woke in the middle of the night, thinking about being in a clock shop and all the ticking that goes on, and how the brain feels active like that sort of ticking with thoughts.


"Meditation Blues" Lyrics

My mind is troubled by thoughts from the past
My mind is cycling on love that didn’t last
My mind is working when I try to relax
My mind is thinking till the wee hours have passed
My mind keeps reeling and waning and waxing
My mind keeps time from night time to day
My mind hears words keeps talking keeps seeing
My mind keeps is drifting all every which way
My mind keeps wandering keeps drifting keeps sifting
My mind keeps playing the scenes from my past
My mind keeps worrying keeps scurrying keeps trying with hurrying
My mind keeps shifting from forward to back
My mind keeps repeating repeating repeating repeating repeating
My whole life away


from Steel, released February 15, 2019
James Nunally, BMI


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Nell & Jim Band Berkeley, California

The Nell & Jim Band joins five genre-busting artists together, bringing their audiences joyful music infused with folk, bluegrass, Americana, roots, swing, and jazz. Featuring Nell Robinson on flute & vocals, Jim Nunally on guitar & vocals, Jim Kerwin on bass fiddle, Jon Arkin on percussion, and Rob Reich on accordion & keyboards, this is truly an all-star band. ... more

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