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Let Yourself Be Lifted

Jackie Scott (MFA TX 2020)

Rushing water, Narragansett Beach. Photo by the author.

As a current thesis-year grad student, I’ve been struggling to keep up high spirits and the motivation to make work right now. My thesis is about creating community and dialogue around potentially isolating experiences of grief—and about the grief-healing qualities of water—and the work does feel relevant to this particular moment in time. I’m trying to find solace in that and in the importance of continuing to make beautiful things even when times are dark. I recently interviewed a good friend of mine, the artist Sheila Novak, for this project, and she sang a song for me that I want to share with you. She said that it’s something she sings to herself frequently because it “acknowledges being in a low place and also asks us how we give to the world,” a task that is certainly challenging in times of grief but can also be a way to help maintain hope. I hope it brings you some comfort and perhaps a reason to keep making art.

“Hallelujah” by MaMuse, sung by Sheila Novak

Every time I feel this way
This old familiar sinking
I will lay my troubles down by the water
Where the river will never run dry

I’m gonna let myself be lifted
I’m gonna let myself be lifted
I’m gonna let myself be lifted
By and by
I will lay my troubles down by the water
Where the river will never run dry

It’s been said and I do believe
As you ask
So shall you receive
So take from me these troubles
Bring me sweet release
Where the river will never run dry

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
By and by

I will lay my troubles down by the water
Where the river will never run dry

There is a river in this heart of hearts
With a knowingness
Of my highest good
I am willing
I will do my part
Where the river will never run dry

This river will never run dry

Every time I feel this way
This old familiar sinking
I will lay my troubles down by the water
Where the river will never run dry

I’m gonna let myself be lifted
I’m gonna let myself be lifted
I’m gonna let myself be lifted
By and by
I will lay my troubles down by the water
Where the river will never run dry

It’s been said and I do believe
As you ask
So shall you receive
So take from me these troubles
Bring me sweet release
Where the river will never run dry

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
By and by
I will lay my troubles down by the water
Where the river will never run dry

There is a river in this heart of hearts
With a knowingness
Of my highest good
I am willing
I will do my part
Where the river will never run dry

This river will never run dry



  1. Call for Submissions
  2. 3.29.20 Irina V. Wang
  3. Let Yourself Be Lifted Jackie Scott
  4. Art Is Everything Jen Liese
  5. Two Poems Ella Rosenblatt
  6. Living Room Dance Party Ariel Wills
  7. On Walking When Walking Is Advised Against Keavy Handley-Byrne
  8. Untitled Cita Devlin
  9. Ads in Corona Hannah Oatman
  10. COVID-19 and Communitas Elaine Lopez
  11. A Time for Pie Elizabeth Burmann
  12. How to Stay Motivated When You’re Stuck at Home Clarisse Angkasa
  13. Coerced Harmony (A Tour) Hammad Abid
  14. Zooming In and Out Tongji Philip Qian
  15. [Form] Ciara Carlyle
  16. Hi.txt Dan Luo
  17. A poem about boredom, a composite Maixx Culver-Hagins
  18. Eyewitness News Tristram Lansdowne
  19. Distance Maps Marcus Peabody
  20. Therapeutic Suggestion Maria Aliberti Lubertazzi
  21. Keep Your Heart Six Feet Away From Mine (and other moments) Arielle Eisen
  22. Twenty Instructions for COVID-19 Charlott Isobel Dazan
  23. Cuerno 1 y 2 Yan Diego Estrella Wilson
  24. A Monolith of Grief Regarding the Absence of Touches, or Letter to a Future Lover García Sinclair
  25. Coronavirus by the Thousands Drew Dodge
  26. Two Poems Kathryn Li
  27. Beds Are Burning Aleks Dawson
  28. Still Lifes Yidan Wang
  29. Fragments of Seva Jagdeep Raina
  30. Packing Up and Staying Woojin Kim
  31. Chronic Pain and Fermentation Ralph Davis
  32. Quarantine Letters Hannah Moore
  33. Sounds of Silence: An Isolation Soundscape Dara Benno
  34. 14 Day Detox for Designers Erica Silver

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