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Before the pandemic, I used to listen to music as I worked out in the gym. I never made a playlist. I'd listen to whatever played on Spotify. Whenever I rode the bike or lifted weights, I'm Turning Japanese by The Vapors would play ninety percent of the time. It was crazy. Mysterious. And predictable. Back in 1980, it was the favorite song of a former boyfriend.
So why did I hear this song—forty years after we dated—fifteen years after his death? Perhaps his spirit had always been trying to send me a message. Now this song easily reached me through Spotify. Hearing the song played repeatedly made me feel like it was his way of emphasizing how sorry he was about our messy breakup and for my heartache.
Another song caught my attention recently. My husband and I enjoy the show The Charismatic Voice. Producer and vocal coach Elizabeth Zharoff discussed the song Kashmir sung by Robert Plant. While watching, we learned about the compositional structure of the song, the boldness and carelessness of Plant's style, the timing of the vibrato, the decision to slide or stick a note, and the giving of generosity (of his voice) when he approached the microphone.
A day after watching The Charismatic Voice, I went to physical therapy. As I warmed up, Kashmir played. This coincidence registered with me. But why did I hear this song again? Was there a message? I took a closer look at the lyrics and found that the song is not merely about a place, but about a journey. After having received a rejection on one of my beloved manuscripts, I found that the lyrics served to remind me that writing is a journey, so be patient and enjoy the steps along the way.
While on the subject of the writing...my husband and I attended an Elton John concert last month. When Elton sang I'm Still Standing, it resonated with me more than ever that night. Hearing him sing the song gave me chills. But why this song and why now? The power of the song reassured me that I am still standing, still persevering despite rejection.
I haven't been back in the gym since the pandemic or go to concerts often, so listening to music regularly doesn't happen often. However, while grocery shopping, going to PT, or watching a television show, I may have the opportunity to hear a song that can be meaningful. And if I hear that song frequently or if it touches me to the core, I attempt to find the spiritual connection to the music, to be more in touch with my life journey, to 'get' the message.
Amanda Meder of the Spiritual Living Blog says, "Songs can elicit in all of us intense positive emotions and stir up wonderful memories, so they can be a great way to get a message across. Songs can also cause you to rethink things, too. They can shift your outlook, mood, and entire day—which is why they are a very typical ‘sign’ that is sent. They activate the soul. If you hear the song synchronistically, this is a sign that you are becoming more in touch with your life path, keep going."
That's what I aim to do, to be aware of the synchronicities and the spiritual power that they hold. Synchronistic experiences give comfort, guidance, and faith. And if I pay attention, I may understand the perfect timing and the deeper meaning of songs.
À la prochaine!