Day 4 of the 25 songs in 25 days challenge – and today I’ve got to share a song that calms me down.
Well, that opens a very wide door, so it’s going to be hard to pin down just one.
You see, it depends…
It depends on what I need calming down FROM, doesn’t it? I mean, I could be pumped with adrenaline readying myself for a gig
[though truth be told, I have other ways of centering and calming myself in that particular heightened state]
I could be angry at someone else’s behavior; or angry at my own frustrated response to situations where I could choose to take difficult/painful action. I could be snapping at the kids because they’re interrupting me on the cusp of literary invention. I could be buzzing with the rush of a new song, poem or story, in the flow and just flying…
All such situations, could demand that I calm down.
Unless I didn’t want to… And, as I often choose to use emotional energy as a source of creativity and action, I’m not sure I always do.
So, let me think of times when I want to ease my conscious mind – calm the noise – so that my sub-conscious can emerge and yield whatever is growing within. When I write, when I noodle on the guitar, when I’m coding, when I sit writing poetry live… All these are times when I use music as backdrop
[much as I did when revising for exams earlier in my life]
I have a number of playlists that I’ll draw on – sometimes genre, sometimes an artist’s complete works, sometimes one album on repeat, sometimes even my own songs
[though I’ve taken a decision not to share my own music as part of this challenge]
OK then… A song that I use to calm myself enough to travel to other places. I’ll choose Big Dipper, by Cracker, a band that are often the backdrop to my writing activity. In particular, I enjoy the imagery and yearning of this song, and David Lowery‘s lyrics, impressionistic as ever, opening windows into a story that we complete ourselves.
[the one I’d encourage you to buy – when the band learned its former label was going to release a greatest hits, they played a masterstroke by re-recording all their greatest hits and releasing it themselves on the same day!]