Music Monday: If I should have a daughter

This may not be music per se, but I think it is still worth it. The vid goes on for longer than the actual piece, and you’re welcome to stick around after or not, as you are so moved.

This is Sarah Kay‘s TED talk. I don’t know who she is, but if this is at all representative of her work, I love her.


What don’t I love about this?

You will put the “win” in “winsome…lose some,” the “star” in “starting over”

Throughout the piece, Kay acknowledges the ups and downs of life and how their intertwining creates the magic and beauty that is life. It’s the confession of the last unicorn that the immortal cannot truly live.

And, of course, the haiku-esque blurred homophones that exist in spoken word poetry but get lost when the poems are committed to text (was it really “win some/lose some” or was it “winsome. Lose some”?).

This world is made out of sugar: it can crumble so easily, but don’t be afraid to stick your tongue out and taste it

I love the transience of this, the acknowledgement that life is short, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it.

Life isn’t awesome despite its sorrows but because of them.

Your voice is small but don’t ever stop singing

rAmen, sister, rAmen.


  1. lama21

    this is real nice.

    but whatever my daughters, granddaughters, and wife do – i want them to be happy. even they choose to be recluses.

    but this performance is awesome, too. my wife is like this girl.

  2. lama21

    ha ha! only, my wife lost her left arm in a car accident 8 years ago.

    was tough, but she got both of us through it – that’s the part where this actress says, ‘life will hit u’, but she was always my point b – my pigheadedness always needed her.

    heck, she’s also point a. nice video, mr. john. this is a good video for my daughters and grandgrils.

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