Into the Mystic and Other Drive-Time Songs

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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 MysticWe 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 exhaustivethere isn’t enough time or space here–but I would love to know which songs resonate with you!

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  1. This song–“A Soft Place to Land” by my friend Kathleen Edwards–helped me through some very difficult times. Before the album it’s on was released, Kathleen emailed this song to me after reading one of my blog posts. It’s such a beautiful song. And everyone needs a soft place to land, right?

    • Beth says:


      I love this song and will head to iTunes right now!

      Were your ears burning a few minutes ago? Debbie and I were on a group Skype call and she told me the two of you connected! Such good people–both of you!

      Thanks for turning me onto Kathleen Edwards! #NewFan

  2. Beth, thank you for such a delightful post. Music is SO important to me. In the years after my brain injury when I was totally isolated, music was and still is my constant companion.

    Dean… I LOVE Kathleen Edwards. Not may people know about her. She has been so healing to me and Soft Place To Land is one of my very favorites.

    • Debbie… So nice to hear that you like Kathleen! She is such a sweet person and deserves to be heard by more people. I will pass on your comments to her. Also, I just liked you on Facebook and followed you on Twitter. Oh, and I sent a LinkedIn invite, too. Your website looks great. Will check it out more closely later. 🙂

    • Beth says:

      Debbie, I am so glad you liked the post. Music has always been an important part of my life too–most genre–and there were times in my life when I felt like the songs were the only place I could turn. I know you know what I mean.

      So enjoying getting to know you!!

  3. Thanks Beth for the song list. There are a number of songs that are reminders of certain periods of my life and it is always fun to reminisce.

    Thanks also Dean for sharing Kathleen Edwards. I will definitely check out her music. Take care!

    • Beth says:

      Hi Cath!

      One of the things that music does for me is show me how far I’ve come from a point where I was when it first impacted me. Thank God for no more crying in my beer!

      Good luck with your electronics issues this week! Missed seeing you tonight!

  4. Beth,
    I LOVE your collection here. I’m listening to it as I type this comment to you 🙂
    My list is very exhaustive too love, but for the timeless ones I love Yanni, Celine Dion, Enya, John Legend, Jason Mraz…and so many more. Celine’s songs have been my favorites for so many years. Recently though I’m opening my heart to all music and am loving how much its nurturing my soul.
    Thank you for this Beth. Really…I was feeling a little blah today, but listening to your list I’m back to that awesome space.
    Love to you,

    • Beth says:

      Hello Z! I feel blessed to provide a bit of a lift for you yesterday. That makes MY heart sing.

      Sounds like we have some of the same favorites and thanks to my friend Dean, I’m exploring Kathleen Edwards. You’re so right about Celine–wow, can that woman sing!

      Sending you love and light!

  5. Music has always been so important to me, as well, Beth – thanks for sharing some of your favorites. I’ll be adding a few new ones to my playlist!

    • Beth says:

      Hey Lisa! Seeing your comment is like running into an old friend! Thanks for that!

      After seeing everyone’s enthusiastic response, I believe I’m grateful for the dark times in my life that brought music so near to me. While it’s probable that everyone has songs that strike the memory chord (sorry, couldn’t resist!), it’s possible that some us feel the notes more deeply than others.

      I’m guessing you might agree.

      We must catch up sometime soon!

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