Music is an amazing tool for creation and destruction.
Another post coming up will tell the tale of such beauty and joy as well in different manner over on Once Loved.
Rides frequently have a music theme in them. This particular ride was one of them with a touch of additional heart.
I have a mix of music on an iPad mini in my car that biased little musician lover me both loves and hates. It has been the vessel for many a conversation in my car while driving around the city.
One of those happened several months ago.
The running other that's spread across pages on.. other pages and I were on yet another one of our flowing breaks. This has brought on so much feeling that...
But no one these days is a stranger to heartbreak. At least no one should be. Beauty and disasters are all important experiences after all.
But I digress.
I would drive to Burbank to yet another one of the studios to speak of adventures not of trash but of mutual shared experiences of the heart.
The gal Aimee got into my car and there was something in the air then. It was a very flowing ride with just kindness and general conversation until...
"What song is that?"
"Oh it's Against Me. It's a song called Joy. Do you like it?"
"I'm glad. This is such a great song. Very short but bittersweet."
"It is. That's great. I love the lyrics and the feeling."
This opened an avalanche.
You see, you may not be entirely surprised at this but many of my songs in this catalog are thinkative poetic songs.
"Well if you like that then maybe you'll like this..."
"Ooo! What's that?"
"It's The Tallest Man on Earth's "Honey Won't You Let Me In." I love the way his voice shakes and trembles when he plays. There's so much in every song. That one always makes me smile."
"Thank you. Thank you so much. I needed to smile today."
You see poor dear Aimee had been going through a patch with her other as well. It was eerily similar in some regards actually. We connected and it was a somber note.
"But how do you keep going?" she asked me.
"I don't know how to answer that some days. It changes. But even if I did that's not my place to answer. I guess if I had to compare it to anything, since we're in songs, maybe..."
I turned to one more song.
"It was about midnight one night a few weeks ago that I found this. I've come a long way from that little town I grew up in IL. I struggle so much to survive out here. I saw the music video for this and bought the album immediately after. The words. Their vision. It all just hit home."
Aimee listened and agreed.
"This is so so gorgeous."
"Everything on this album is. And.. they're from LA."
"Yep. It's a double whammy to the feels huh?"
"Yes it is."
We then talked a bit about other connections beyond being Once Loved. We talked about the power of friends and connections in general.
We arrived at our destination as new people.
As better people.
As same people.