Morning Song – A Thousand Beautiful Things
There’s an austere and hard-won beauty to much of Annie Lennox’s work, none more so than “A Thousand Beautiful Things”, the lead track on her 2003 album Bare.
I don’t know if it was the prospect of turning 50, her recent divorce, the trans-Atlantic Anglo-American descent into madness that was the launching of the Iraq War, or something else, but Lennox imbues “A Thousand Beautiful Things” with a fragile-yet-steely sense of having stared into the depths of despair and come out on the other side, tempered like steel that’s stronger for having gone through the fire.
And even though it’s hard to see,
The glass is full and not half empty;
(a thousand beautiful things)
Light me up like the sun….