Music saves my soul
This morning I was extremely upset and stressed out. On my way into work I was – as usual – listening to my music. For some reason the lyrics and melody of Jason Mraz always seem to soothe my soul, put things into perspective and cheer me up. Today the song “The Remedy” was my saving grace. Following are the lyrics with my thoughts interjected at the end:
Well I saw fireworks from the freeway
And behind closed eyes I cannot make them go away
’cause you were born on the 4th of July (freedom ring)
Well something on the surface it stings
I said something on the surface
Well it kinda makes me nervous
To say that you deserve this
And what kind of God would serve this
We would cure this dirty old disease
Well, if you gots the poison
I gots the remedy
The remedy is the experience
This is the dangerous liaison (I says)
The comedy is that it’s serious
This is a strange enough new play on words
I say the tragedy is how you’re gonna spend
The rest of your nights with the light on
So shine the light on all of your friends
Well it all amounts to nothing in the end
And I won’t worry my life away
Hey hey hey, oh oh
I won’t worry my life away
Hey hey hey, oh oh
Well I heard 2 men talking on the radio
In a cross-fire kind of new reality show
Uncovering the ways to plan the next big attack
Well they were counting down the ways to stab a brother in the Be right back after this
The unavoidable kiss
With the minty fresh death breath is sure to outlast this catastrophe
Dance with me
Well if you gots the poison, I gots the remedy
When I fall in love, I take my time
There’s no need to hurry when I’m making up my mind
You can turn off the sun, but I’m still gonna shine
And I’ll tell you why
“something on the surface stinks” yea…that would be the government.
Ah! “The remedy is the experience”…Think about this. If I just go through life enjoying each experience as it comes along, not worrying about what will be the outcome of the experience – but just enjoying it for what it is, or knowing that it will end soon (if unenjoyable) I will have much less stress in my life.
“The tragedy is how your gona spend the rest of your nights with the light on…” When one worries they tend to not sleep as well – hence the light on all night, every night. And the next line “so shine the light on all of your friends”. Well that certainly makes sense. If you are going to be awake and not sleeping you might as well enjoy the company of those you love right? “when it all amounts to nothing in the end”. Therein lies the solution my friends – the remedy so to speak. If you are enjoying each experience as it comes, making the best of it and sharing your light and love with your friends, guess what – it DOESN’T amount to NOTHING! That double negative equals IT MEANS SOMETHING! When you are enjoying your experiences and sharing your life and your light with your friends you’ve altered your and their lives…you’ve made a positive impact on someone – that’s what it’s all about in the end.
So I continue listening to this and other songs and my spirits lift. I look out the window of the bus and I see the beautiful blue sky, I see birds flying across the clouds, I see the leaves changing colors – and I smile.
I tell you what. I won’t worry MY life away. I’ll continue to be the loving, kind, hard-working woman I am – enjoying each experience as it comes and sharing my light with everyone I encounter.
Be well my friends and I hope each of you has an amazing weekend!