The Sex Pistols Are Spiritual Too

That.s <i>Mr. Rotten</i> to you.

That's “Mr. Rotten” to you.

If you hang around sound healing-ey people long enough you’ll inevitably bump into the discussion of spiritual music. It usually goes a little something like this.

Sound Healing-ey Person #1: If you really want to keep your vibrations high, you have to listen to music that’s spiritual.

Sound Healing-ey Person #2: Oh, definitely. Otherwise you won’t be able to see auras/channel angels/ascend.

Sound Healing-ey Person #1: Right! That’s why I stopped listening to rock ‘n roll. It’s so low vibrational. (said like they just stepped in a pile of dog crap)

Sound Healing-ey Person #2: Yeah, rock ‘n roll is totally first chakra. Eww.

Most of the sound healing-ey people I’ve met love to talk about spiritual music. How it’s basically a requirement to listen to this oh-so-spiritual music if you want to be healed. Or do healing work. Or be a spiritual person (whatever that means).

And usually this spiritual music is stuff you’d find in the New Age section your local music store. Lots of cheesy synthesizers. The obligatory panpipes. Samples of seagulls squawking over the sound of computerized oceans.

Sorry folks, but I have to call bullshit on this one.

The problem with this idea is that it’s rooted in a crazy limited definition of spiritual and a crazy limited definition of healing. Plus it’s sprinkled with a pretty hearty helping of pompous asshat-ishness too.

I mean, I’m not knocking you if Yanni’s your thing. That’s totally cool. But I give a great big thumbs down to this whole spiritual music thing.

All music can be spiritual. And all music can be healing.

Unless, of course, you define spiritual as meditation-ey and healing as calming. Then, yeah, maybe you don’t get how the Sex Pistols fit into this equation.

But they do.


Men Man In Black

By the time I hit junior high school, I was weird kooky eccentric different.

Black shirt. Black pants. Black eyeliner. Doc Martens. I did the goth/punk thing before MTV decided it was cool. To make matters worse, I rode skateboards and painted and listened to The Cure.

Did I mention that I grew up in Ohio?

So, yeah, I felt like a total outcast. And the football players that used me as a punching bag, and my paintings as a football, didn’t help matters much.


Enter Johnny Rotten

I was a kid who couldn’t find my place. I wasn’t even sure I had a place. I figured the best I could do was to keep my head down to avoid the jeers, and tuck myself in the corner to dodge the punches.

I felt broken.

But the Sex Pistols changed that. With their raucous this-is-who-we-are-up-yours! vibe, they gave me the strength to take a stand. They made it ok to be different. They gave me the courage to come out of the corner.

I spent hours and hours listening to Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols. I’d ride my bike, playing Anarchy In The UK full blast on my Walkman.

Throwing my fist in the air.
Pumping myself up.
Finding the courage to be ok with me.
Making space for me in the world.

At that point in my life, that was pretty much the most healing thing ever.


Fast forward

But this goes way beyond a self-conscious, black t-shirt wearing kid growing up in the Midwest.

A buddy of mine listens to Every Rose Has Its Thorn by Poison when he hits a rough patch in his life. He said it gives him the ability to accept what’s going on, to not get totally immersed in ack and to keep moving forward.

Another friend of mine spins stuff by The String Cheese Incident for hours at a time. The music evokes these gorgeous transcendent experiences, and they feel totally free.

Their day-to-day life is all kinds of stressful, and they’ve spent most of their life feeling crazy restricted. So freedom? That’s exactly what they need.

I have a client that came to me to find some healing after a horrific relationship left her feeling completely battered. Her self-esteem had been so shredded that, in talking to me before her session, she couldn’t find a single positive thing to say about herself.

That was heartbreaking.

She was trying to rebuild herself, and her life. But she couldn’t find her strength. And she was filled with doubt.

So beyond to the work we did together, I encouraged her to start listening to music that made her feel strong. Whatever it was.

Now every morning, she gets up and listens to Eye Of The Tiger by Survivor three times before she leaves the house. Three times.

Because this song makes her think of Rocky – his strength and his determination to win, despite the odds. She fills herself up with this mojo. And she’s healing beautifully.


Forget the rules. Go with your heart.

All music is spiritual, because every song is capable of moving the spirit. That’s one of the most amazing things about music, and about sound in general. It reaches down deep and goes straight to our roots. It helps us to remember that we have roots in those moments when we’ve forgotten.

And all music is healing too. Because healing comes in so many different forms.

Sometimes that means meditation-ey bliss induced by panpipes and squawking seagulls.

Other times it means stoking the internal fire and finding the courage to stand up for who you are thanks to a kick ass punk song.

And sometimes that means finding peace through glam rock, freedom through jam bands or strength through songs from a soundtrack.

So if you bump into one of the sound healing gurus prattling on about how you should be listening to spiritual music, tell them what they can do with their panpipes.

Forget the rules. Listen to what you dig. Go with your heart.

What music gets your spirit groovin’?
Which songs have helped you to find some healing-ey goodness?
Tell me about the music you dig.

For those about to rock, we salute you.

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33 Responses to The Sex Pistols Are Spiritual Too
  1. Mark Silver
    August 28, 2009 | 7:01 am

    Dude, if punk isn’t spiritual, I don’t know what is.

  2. Beth
    August 28, 2009 | 7:17 am

    Thanks so much for this article! You are so right!

  3. lucy
    August 28, 2009 | 7:36 am

    Completely agree with you Fabeku!

    I used to play in a samba band every Friday evening – was just about the most perfect way to end the week. No matter how tired or stressed out or frustrated or disillusioned….full of happy beans within seconds.

    My studio creative lifelines are Tuck and Patti (esp Learning How to Fly) and Bach cello concertos and saturday morning is always reggae and dub just to get that lazy chilled out vibe rolling.

    I could go on…. 😉
    .-= lucy´s last blog ..twiggylu: @sarahjbray brilliant book, I read it for the first time very recently and loved it. =-.

  4. Hiro Boga
    August 28, 2009 | 8:02 am

    Fabeku, what a wonderful post! You’re right–all music has the potential to heal. For me, some days it’s Krishna Das and Hari Prasad Chaurasia. Other days it Dylan or a Beethoven string quartet or Miles Davis. Or The Band.

    Love, Hiro
    .-= Hiro Boga´s last blog ..Car Wash Rainbow =-.

  5. Kim Wood
    August 28, 2009 | 8:06 am

    Yes! Forget the rules!

    I can so relate to your story – it was The Clash who really did it for me. Their take on ‘ignore the rules, you can do things for yourself’ had a huge impact. I guess it was a shift from feeling powerless to knowing I was powerful – very healing.
    ‘People can change anything.’ – Joe Strummer

  6. Briana
    August 28, 2009 | 8:07 am

    Love this post, and totally agree with you (that whole beat of your own drum thing, right?) and it’s nice to hear from a kind of subject-matter-expert-type guy 🙂
    .-= Briana´s last blog ..Mining your joy for a job =-.

  7. Tami
    August 28, 2009 | 8:21 am

    Hi Fabeku-

    Thank you so much for such an awesome post! People can be downright SNOBBY when it comes to music, and it drives me crazy. My younger sister is totally guilty of this. I was talking to her about a great song I heard recently and she was like “Oh, I heard that song MONTHS ago, and I liked them waaaaaay before anyone else had even heard of them- besides, aren’t you too OLD to be listening to them? I thought you listened to, like, Enya or something.”

    Yes, she went there.

    Luckily, I’m at a point in my life where I could care less. One song I LOVE to rock out: The Black Parade, by My Chemical Romance. It’s Epic. And it always makes me cry for some odd reason! A few years ago, I braved a sea of sweaty teenagers at Warped Tour to see them. Those rowdy kids almost broke my walker, but it was well worth it!

    http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=2867245

    I’m also addicted to The Postal Service:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMOkfI7wCrI

    That song literally tickles my Heart Center! I love it. Thanks for giving me a good excuse to listen to it….again. =)

    Love,
    Tami

  8. Moonslark
    August 28, 2009 | 8:58 am

    Thank the gods!

    Seriously, I got tired of being told things about “spiritual” music — my UBERchristian Fundamentalist ex-Father-in-Law’s rules about listening ONLY to people who had “found the Lord” and their music if you wanted to be TOTALLY Christian and “pure”… the attitudes from some Pagans and Wiccans about only listening to Pagan music… to the healing types with the airy fairy meditation stuff…

    Now, don’t get me wrong, I listen to Enya, and Loreena McKinnett, and Gaia Consort and Maedieval Babes… but I also rock out to P!nk and Britney Spears and Poison and a zillion other bands… it just depends…

    Maybe there are times I WANT my first chakra vibrating… hey, that’s fun stuff there too… and times when I feel like I want to be transcending… there are days when I want to just SING, when I want my heart chakra rocked… or when I need to feel energized…

    The only music I AVOID is the stuff that vibrates “ick” to me…

  9. Grace
    August 28, 2009 | 9:16 am

    Bagpipes. There’s not much more spiritual than bagpipes. Especially Battlefield Band’s rendition of CCR’s “Bad Moon Rising” … on bagpipes.

    Besides, the fun of driving down the road with ‘pipes playing full blast out the windows – I mean, the weird looks and all? It just doesn’t get any better!
    .-= Grace´s last blog ..Dagnabbit, just tell me what to do! =-.

  10. Victoria Brouhard
    August 28, 2009 | 9:17 am

    This post is sooo right on.

    And even though I’ve moved past my religious upbringing that caused me to feel horrible and guilty when I would listen to Rage Against the Machine, there was something so healing about reading this.

    Like receiving confirmation…or maybe because you’ve put such beautiful words to what music (no matter the genre) can do for a person.
    .-= Victoria Brouhard´s last blog ..Retreeeeeeat! Mind Blown, Site Launched =-.

  11. Joely Black
    August 28, 2009 | 9:30 am

    Brilliant! I love it!

    I listen to Marilyn Manson when I need a real boost. I may actually listen to some next time I have to do something hard…

  12. Eileen
    August 28, 2009 | 9:32 am

    Oh yeah, baby. Soooo true! Mine is Springsteen. As spiritual as anything chant-y or flute-y, I say.

    Thanks for this my dear, I adore your writing! 🙂
    .-= Eileen´s last blog ..Postcard from the edge =-.

  13. Lilly
    August 28, 2009 | 9:42 am

    This IS an awesome post! A guy at work recently played Melissa Etheridge, “I’m the Only One” and it gave me CHILLS. I hadn’t heard it in so long, and thought, why haven’t I played that song in years? Years I could have been hearing that song.

    I always have to listen to music while I do painting of my artistic pictures and such. Sometimes I have to listen to classical, and other times I have to listen to 80’s hits! I remember another student in art school telling me that she didn’t listen to ANYTHING during the act of painting, because it would disturb her process, and she recommended everyone else do the same. To that I reply *fart noise*.

    It’s great that you are such a reasonable sound healing person, who draws on all the dimensions of music and sound available to us.

  14. Simrat
    August 28, 2009 | 10:24 am

    For years, I withdrew from popular music. Now, with a soon to be 20 year old daughter, I am so happy to have gotten back into it. There is some good stuff out there now.

    Burning Down the House got me through my early college years. And all sorts of music gets me though my work day now. I talked about it recently on my blog… http://www.akalranch.com/2009/08/back-with-a-bang/

    I find that I am meditating more now, not less. And when listening to songs about love, lust, etc., that energy can be focused on anything … God, yourself, infinity, bliss.

    In other words, I totally agree with your post. 🙂
    .-= Simrat´s last blog ..Reminder – Carnival of the Horses! =-.

  15. JoVE
    August 28, 2009 | 10:43 am

    Excellent point. Well made.

    For me it’s a little bit of Robbie Williams. Which could be embarrassing in several kinds of company.

    (And didn’t Marilyn Manson grow up in Ohio, too? Seems you weren’t the only guy with eyeliner ….)
    .-= JoVE´s last blog ..What is an impact factor, anyway? =-.

  16. Tabitha
    August 28, 2009 | 1:14 pm

    I LOVED this!! I agree with you 100%
    For me on some days it’s “We Will Rock You” by Queen. On other days it may be “Numb” by Linkin Park it gives me strength! I do love to listen to ambient music at night time to wind down, but during the day I pretty much rock out and feel so uplifted!

  17. Michelle Russell
    August 28, 2009 | 1:38 pm

    Here’s my brief reply (and if i could, it would be in a huge-size font):

    PETER GABRIEL.

    Slightly longer:

    Grace! Bagpipes!!!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!! Though I’ve never done the driving-with-windows-down thing . . . you’ve inspired me. Look out San Francisco. Heh.

    And longer still:

    Fabeku, right on! My personal definition of spirituality is being consciously aware of trying to become a better person and to make the world a better place (whatever those mean to you). Sometimes that involves sublime, relaxing peaceful instrumental music . . . and sometimes it involves jumping up and down, shaking your fists in the air and yelling with great passion.

    For those about to rock . . . I don’t just salute you, I JOIN you. :o)
    .-= Michelle Russell´s last blog ..A Lesson in Letting Go =-.

  18. Gina
    August 28, 2009 | 1:43 pm

    Oh yes. I find Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” to be as first chakra as you can get, and when I need some deep healing and grounding, nothing like that wall of Jones’ bass and Bonham’s drums to be just the thing.

    Other than that, it can be anything from Asian groove, to Native drumming, to Violent Femmes, to the Grateful Dead, to my all time fave, the Cowboy Junkies. It’s all so, so good.

    And yeah, the occasional pan pipes will do as well.
    .-= Gina´s last blog ..Hello, My Name Is… =-.

  19. Tommy Crenshaw
    August 28, 2009 | 1:46 pm

    Sweet! Damn fine post. Music was my salvation and continues to be my guide on this path… all music is spiritual. “Forget the rules. Go with your heart.”

    Thanks for this post!

    RockOm!

  20. Julia
    August 28, 2009 | 3:19 pm

    Love this! For my everyday wake up and get moving, it’s Schubert “Death and the Maiden,” and when I really need to kick ass, it’s George Thorogood, “Bad to the Bone.” Eclectic is good.
    .-= Julia´s last blog ..Just the Facts =-.

  21. Fabeku
    August 28, 2009 | 6:52 pm

    Thanks to the great comments folks. I was crazy excited to see that this post struck such a strong, positive chord with so many cool people. In some circles, this sort of talk would get my sound healing-ey membership card revoked.

    @Mark – I’m with you 100%. There are lots of things that move my spirit. And a handful of things that really move my spirit. Punk is definitely in that second group.

    @Beth – Totally welcome. Glad you dug the article.

    @Lucy – How cool that you used to play in a samba band! Samba rocks. Total happy beans! And I love your creative lifelines. It’s funny, because I usually start my weekend with some reggae stuff too. Midnite, Groundation, Bob, The Congos and so many others. All in pretty heavy rotation here.

    @Hiro – That’s a gorgeous collection of music. You know how much I love KD. Thanks for turning me on to Hari Prasad Chaurasia. I love the sound of the bansuri. It’s one of those instruments I’d love to learn someday.

    @Kim – The Clash are incredible, aren’t they? Definitely a big one for me too. And what you said about realizing you had some power? That’s it exactly!

    @Briana – I’m all for dancing to the beat of your own drum. And the cool part is, when you do, you find other people that you can march with. I don’t see the beat-of-your-own-drum thing as something that isolates us, but something that connects us with people we’ll seriously enjoy being connected to.

    @Tami – I hear you on the music snob thing. I’ve bumped into a few folks like that. And that Enya comment? Totally made me laugh. (I happen to like Enya.) My Chemical Romance can definitely lay it down. I hadn’t heard Black Parade. That’s a powerful song. And thanks for introducing me to The Postal Service! I spent the afternoon listening to their stuff.

    @Moonslark – I get pretty sick of hearing about spiritual music too. Mostly I get sick of the way this seems to cut people off from what moves them – whatever it is. Totally not cool. And totally not helpful. I love that you let yourself listen to what works for you. Right on!

    @Grace – Bagpipes! Coolness! I don’t listen to them much, but when I do, I’m always struck by the vibe they carry. I was really moved when I heard Amazing Grace played by a solo bagpipe player.

    @Victoria – It’s so awesome to let go of the stuff that makes us feel guilty for something as simple as listening to music that we dig! I grew up around a lot of the same guilt-inducing ideas. (I was told by a relative I was going to hell because I had an Iron Maiden record.) And I’m with you on diggin’ RATM. I listen to them when working out. Somehow they manage to make going to the gym almost bearable.

    @Joely – I saw MM in concert about 13 or 14 years ago. It was one of the wildest shows I’ve ever been too. When the security started putting on rubber gloves, I got a little nervous.

    @Eileen – Springsteen can totally hold his own. They don’t call him The Boss for nuthin’, right? Thanks for digging my writing. Totally made me smile.

    @Lilly – Melissa Etheridge is ah-ma-zing! One of my oldest friends in the world introduced me to her. And I was floored when I heard her for the first time. And I’m like you. When I paint, I am always listening to music and/or working with sound in some way. It just feels like a part of what I do. And your fart noise response made me giggle.

    @Simrat – I love that your daughter helped reconnect you to popular music. And that you got to introduce her to stuff you love too. I also agree with what you said about songs about love and lust.

    @JoVE – Angels by Robbie Williams is gorgeous. And yes, MM is a former resident of the Buckeye state. It looks like wearing eyeliner worked out pretty well for him. 🙂

    @Tabitha – I will join you in saying that Queen absolutely rocks. I find myself spinning Linkin Park sometimes too. There’s a rawness to their music that I appreciate. Yay for more eclectic tastes!

    @Michelle – I think Peter Gabriel is a magician of some kind. Seriously. He awes me a lot. And I love that Grace has inspired you to fill the streets of San Francisco with the sound of bagpipes! Viva La Revolución!

    @Gina – Zeppelin! Yay! I completely appreciate your taste in music. Sweet Jane always makes me cry. Every time. I’m so glad you mentioned the Violent Femmes. I used to bounce around the room like a total kooky pook when I listened to them. And what you said about grounding is so true. I think that’s where some people get that rock n’ roll is icky. In my book, being grounded is a pretty smart and pretty necessary thing.

    @Tommy – Right on. I feel like music and sound have saved me too. I feel you, completely. Glad you dug the post.

    @Julia – Schubert seems like a fabulous way to start the day. And when you toss some George Thorogood into the mix? That’s perfection.

    Thanks again for all of your brilliant comments and awesome, super smart sharing.

  22. chris zydel
    August 29, 2009 | 10:32 am

    What a great post! I know exactly what you mean about the spiritual music nazis
    and sometimes I think it’s because some of those folks are really afraid of their feelings and being in their bodies and goddess forbid, sexuality. But like one of my southern friends always says ” Bless their hearts.”

    Just recently I played “Get Down Moses” by Joe Strummer at one of my workshops and one of my “spiritual” students said that it wasn’t even music!
    ( Sigh).

    One of the very first transcendent, transporting ECSTATIC experiences I ever had was listening to my brothers band play the Allman Brothers tune “Whipping Post”! And rock and roll has saved my ass and healed me in more ways and more times than I can even begin to count.

    And one of the things I love about Krishna Das is that he is a rocker at heart!!
    .-= chris zydel´s last blog ..How I Learned To Trust In The Creative Process – Whether I Like It Or Not =-.

  23. Tatty Franey
    August 29, 2009 | 2:10 pm

    hear hear!

    nothing gets me going like the right music at the right time.

    i am particular addicted to a band called Solace (http://www.soundsofsolace.com/solace/). And another band called Wilco.

    And I love middle-eastern music. And I love spiritual music too. It all depends on the mood 🙂
    .-= Tatty Franey´s last blog ..the colour, the movement, the spin =-.

  24. Fabeku
    August 29, 2009 | 3:51 pm

    @Chris – Joe Strummer kicks ass. Not music? Ack! And yeah, KD is a rocker at heart. I once heard him describe himself as an old blues singer. I think that’s really fitting. You can feel it when he sings. You can see it in his eyes.

    @Tatty – I hadn’t heard of Solace. Thanks for turning me on to them. I love that they list both Siouxsie and Missy Elliot among their influences. How cool!

  25. Anna
    August 31, 2009 | 12:53 pm

    Cheering for this post! Yes, yes, YES!

    For me? Tori. Motherloving. Amos.

    Got into her years later than the other girls, cause that’s how I roll (also with the late blog comments. Yeah!). And cause that’s when I needed her. Helped me on the way out of the hardest, most terrifying time of my life. On a really bad day I’d BLAST Boys for Pele and clean the whole house. Incredibly healing.

  26. Monica Moran
    September 1, 2009 | 11:00 am

    i just wanted to say that i LOVE this article! i love that you are slamming the whole “spiritual music” mindset! i love music, was raised around so many styles such as R & B, Motown (ROCKS!), Jazz (yes, with a capital ‘J’) and believe that Jimi Hendrix is godhead =-)…not to mention some Miles Davis and John Coltrane ‘songs’ being very spiritual for me.
    sorry for coming to this conversation late, but i love what you write here on your blog. i am hoping to sample the ‘biggie size it’ download this week and will report back soon.

    thanks for sharing who you are with the world – it encourages others to do the same!
    .-= Monica Moran´s last blog ..‘Funday’ with Creative Kindred Spirits… =-.

  27. Ken Robert
    September 2, 2009 | 1:03 pm

    Buddy, you’re singing my song, and your song, or whatever song you choose to sing, dance to, or get lost in.

    I’ve been uplifted by everything from a flute to a cello to a screaming electric guitar.

    From Mozart to Metallica, from Count Basie to AC/DC.
    .-= Ken Robert´s last blog ..Thinking Inside the Box: The 5 Things Exercise =-.

  28. Pace
    September 3, 2009 | 4:14 pm

    Right on! I’m touched by your story, Fabeku. Thank you for sharing it.
    .-= Pace´s last blog ..The Final Book Bonanza Wednesday! Chapter 34: Endings =-.

  29. Kelly Parkinson
    September 8, 2009 | 3:48 pm

    AHHH! This post has to be one of my favorites of all time.

    I would not have made it through high school without the B-52s’ Rock Lobster and Detour Through Your Mind, alternating with Smells Like Teen Spirit.

    I would listen to the B-52s when things were truly, desperately bad. It’s impossible to be in a bad mood while listening to the B-52s. Impossible. And then I would listen to Nirvana at top volume when I needed to tap into my anger.

    Now I’m wondering, are you saying I could do Dance of Shiva to the B-52s????

    Oh, wow. This is going to open up a new universe for me…

  30. Fabeku
    September 12, 2009 | 8:53 pm

    @Anna – Isn’t it cool/weird/wild/wonderful how we bump into the perfect music at the perfect time? That’s awesome that Tori Amos helped you through something so huge and hard. The right music can be such a lifeline. You’ve given a great example of why I wanted to write this post. And Boys For Pele is my favorite Tori Amos album ever. Pure awesomesauce.

    @Monica – Right on! Every single type of music and musician you named seems so totally spiritual to me. And that people miss that because they limit what spiritual music means bums me out. Hope you dug the biggie sizing stuff too. It really is a kind of wacky magic.

    @Ken – …from Count Basie to AC/DC. You got it. There’s magic and goodness and great big oh-wow-ness to all of it. And that’s why I love music in ways I can’t even explain. Thanks for gettin’ it and diggin’ it.

    @Pace – Totally glad to share it. Thanks for the support. I appreciate it tons.

    @Kelly – The B-52s…. LOVE THEM! It is totally impossible to be in a bad mood after listening to them. And the Dance of Shiva to the B-52s? Oh. My. God. You are now officially my hero.

    Thanks for your awesomesauce comments. You’ve made me one happy puppy.

    Long live the Sex Pistols!

  31. Smadar
    November 21, 2009 | 11:13 am

    Fabeku,

    YES! YES! YES! …. to your beautiful open acceptance of ALL music! We human beings are all so uniquely different, it only makes sense that our music is as diverse as we are.

    I don’t have one particular song or group that I come back to each time I need a boost of nourishment for my soul. The Universe sends me the perfect song each time … whether it be Mad World or House of the Rising Sun by the Animals or Not Ready to make Nice by the Dixie Chicks. Any music is fair game to my soul, though I do often tend to go for really deep and dark stuff. But what I do find – every single time – is that I need to hear this same song over and over and over and over until I’ve sucked up every bit of this song’s nourishing energy that my soul needs.

    Now here’s something I’m beginning to notice … is that there is a holistic element to each song – soul byte … meaning it is not just either the words or the music or the tone or the beat … but it is a combination of ALL those elements which come together in perfection. It’s like a recipe where if one ingredient was off by even a smidge, the whole thing would taste different.

    I’ve also noticed that, for me, there is something about the sound of the artists voice that reaches deep into my spirit. So during the time I am replaying the same song over and over and over, I might also be as nourished by another song or 2 or 3 by the same artist. Don’t know if anyone else has had this same experience … just something I noticed myself.

    thanks for that fun insight into the spirit of music!

    all good things,

    Smadar

  32. tempo dulu
    April 22, 2010 | 1:12 am

    Punk will never die, and that’s a fact!
    .-= tempo dulu´s last blog ..Punk Indonesia =-.

  33. Angel
    April 9, 2011 | 5:41 pm

    I am sooooo glad I’m going back through your archives & saw this!!!! Sometimes I kind of get down on myself for not wanting to listen to something calming and inspirational and whatever… sometimes what makes me feel best is some freaking Breaking Benjamin, or some Deathcab for Cutie, or Plumb, or Mumford & Sons… Sometimes I DO want Karen Drucker, or Yanni, or Enya, or Enigma… what I want most of all though is whatever it is that’s going to make me feel better in the moment. And you’re totally right… not only is there nothing wrong with that, but that freaking ROCKS & is the best thing for me in the moment.

    I just love music & sometimes ‘Three Leaf Clover’ can be as feel-good as Adagio for Strings.

    Rock on, Fabeku!

    (oh, and I grew up in OH too… and totally feel for you in your descriptions above. I went through so much of the same as what you’d described above. UGH)

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