Into the Mystic and Other Drive-Time Songs
Having recently finished a solo, 1,000-mile car trip to visit my family, I’m grateful for music player options.
At the risk of giving away my five-decade+ age, I remember family trips as a kid listening to farm reports on AM radio stations because there were no other options.
In high school, we climbed The Stairway to Heaven with FM stations (without AM’s weather static) on rowdy weekend nights. As a college kid, I literally wore out my Supertramp Breakfast in America and Fleetwood Mac Rumors eight track cassettes.
Now, thanks to Sirius satellite radio and an auxiliary jack for iTunes in my MINI Cooper, I had endless music. I can tell you that, after nearly 20 hours in a car alone, this music lover is back in touch with song lyrics that resonate with emotions.
Oh sure, I can get swept away by cool riffs and epic instrumental sounds but the lyrics are where it’s at for me. Words . . . it’s all about the words . . .
Songs in the Key of Life
Stevie Wonder’s well-known album reminds me that music touches each of us in different ways. Often, songwriters give us lyrics that we use to voice our emotions and feelings to others.
How many of us have created a musical collection on CD (Or on cassette tape years ago!) for someone we love? Each song had special meaning and expressed our thoughts in a way that we simply could not convey on our own.
Remember the intensity with which we compiled the collection? Talk about an exercise in mindfulness! Such focus, such intent!
On that note . . .
I thought I’d share some of my favorite song titles and a line or two of lyrics with you. A well-written song is poetry and can evoke emotions similar to the best lines of prose.
Some people go for rhyme or catchy phrases. For me, I look and listen for the heart in lyrics. That’s where I connect. Because I believe that music is a form of communication, I want songs that speak to me of the writer and performer’s hopes and dreams, fears and redemption, and love, always love.
I hope you enjoy this short list. I’ve included links to each one in case you’d like to give a listen.
Into the Mystic “We were born before the wind | Also younger than the sun | Ere the bonnie boat was won as we sailed into the mystic.” ~ Van Morrison
Living in the Moment “I will not waste my days | Making up all kinds of ways | To worry about all the things | That will not happen to me.” ~ Jason Mraz<
Lucky “I wanna ride with my Angel and live shockingly | I wanna drive to the edge and into the sea | I wanna see how lucky Lucky can be.” ~ Melissa Etheridge
Brighter Than the Sun “Oh, this is how it starts, lightning strikes the heart |It goes off like a gun, brighter than the sun | Oh, we could be the stars, falling from the sky | Shining how we want, brighter than the sun” ~ Colbie Caillet<
Heaven Help My Heart “This world can get crazy | These are troubled times | I’d walk through the fire | If love is what I’d find | It’s out of my hands now | So I put my faith in you | And I say a little prayer | And hope that it comes true” ~ Wynonna Judd
All of Me “Give your all to me | I’ll give my all to you | You’re my end and my beginning | Even when I lose I’m winning | ‘Cause I give you all of me | And you give me all of you” ~ John Legend
Please comment and share on Facebook and Twitter and include your own favorite songs. Obviously my list isn’t exhaustive—there isn’t enough time or space here–but I would love to know which songs resonate with you!
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