Channeling the Words

I love my car radio. There is something not so random about what I often hear as I journey about.

There seems to be some sort of cosmic connection that I don’t understand, but appreciate. It happens to everyone who avoids their personal, programmed music options. I did not purchase the car that had a CD player and I rarely use audio tapes. I have never downloaded music to carry with me. I would miss something.

My favorites are 3 local stations; the most popular is an oldies station that features music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s. These are the ones I sing along to; the ones that conjure up the most memories, both good and bad. On stressful days, I turn to a publicly funded classical music station; this is the one to be turned up to drown out the noise, both physical and mental. My third choice always surprises my children. I seriously do like modern music in all forms; Top 40, Pop, Alternative, Rock, R&B, Hip-Hop and even Rap.

There have been countless times that the music chosen by some anonymous DJ will match my mood or thoughts so perfectly, it is as if I called in the request myself.

If I am preoccupied with worry, on comes the Beatles “Let It Be” or  Simon and Garfunkel’s  “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. After a hateful or violet news report, Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” or the Youngbloods ‘ “Get Together”. Feeling romantic; pretty much anything by Barry White or Al Green works. You really can’t escape the tear-jerkers; “Cats in the Cradle”by Harry Chapin; “My Father’s Eyes” and “Tears in Heaven” by Eric Clapton.

In more modern terms, there is good stuff out there;  by Coldplay, Radiohead, Maroon 5, John Legend, Sam Smith, One Republic.  Aloe Blacc , alone or with a group, has one of the most haunting sounds ever; Nico and Vinz with “Am I Wrong” show a lot of promise; and for me, Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” was the best song and video of 2013.  The lyrics and visuals are inspired, almost brilliant.

Sometimes, it is about the words that come across the airwaves. I heard excerpts from an interview with singer/songwriter John Cougar Mellencamp. He was asked how he comes up with his storytelling lyrics. He said that he never sits down with the specific purpose of writing a song, his best stuff comes when he is merely channeling.

If you look up the definition of “to channel”, you will find “to direct toward a particular course” or even better; ” to express (your ideas, thoughts, feelings, energy, etc.) through a particular behavior or action”; “to serve as an intermediary for, (spirit guide) “.

Like his song lyrics, my best writing comes when I get out of my own way, and let the brain make its way to the keyboard, which is faster; or the pen and paper, which is more deliberate and far more personal.

There are many others who attempt to describe the process of creativity;  John Cougar Mellencamp’s interview was a simple but pleasant reminder, by way of Y102, and the (not so) randomness of radio.

This entry was posted in Inspiration, Music, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s