I am, among other things, a fan of music, and right now – tonight – I want to share this song with you. Turn off the lights. Light a candle, or two, and listen to this.
Or just close your eyes and listen. That works too.
This song’s been with me for well over a decade. I don’t remember exactly where I first heard it, but I believe it must have been while I was living in New York and was just discovering and exploring this kind of music. I’m sure it’s not for everyone, but it works for me.
To me this is a safe and friendly song. It sits at home, resting in a favorite chair, remembering places it’s been. It doesn’t make your mind go wander, but it puts you in a little boat and lets you get carried away by the current. Fortunately, the river is old and respectable, and it knows to take good care of you.
You just lie back and look at the stars above as you float down the stream.
I don’t know if that’s how you’ll feel about it, but even then, take some time to sit down and listen. If nothing else, it’s good to take a break. When was the last time you stopped whatever else you were meant to be doing and just sat down to listen to a song?
It doesn’t even have to be this song.
Tonight, I went for a short jog before I sat down to write. Hopefully, before long, I’ll be in good enough shape that I’ll be able to run longer distances. I find it’s a great way to disconnect my mind from everything else and let my thoughts wander. I tend to run while listening to music on the headphones: something churning or driving, with a slow steady beat,and without too many crazy melodies.
After the jog, I got back to the flash-fiction about Alena. It’s coming along nicely. Today, she received a kind of purpose – a reason for her to keep traveling, other than just a desire to see the world. Seeing the world would probably have been good enough, but I’m happier with something else to go on top of that.
It’s simple really. She’s not just traveling; she’s also writing about her travels. She’ll probably get a camera and take some pictures and then write articles for magazines and newspaper about her journeys. She’s probably not an amazing writer, but good enough to be entertaining and to get her stories about far away Whereverstan published in the Daily Newsflash back home.
I’m happy with this. It’s a bit cheesy, but I don’t feel that it matters. She’s still fairly young and she’s got ambition enough to try it out. Might as well make it work for her. There are enough other things in her life that aren’t going her way.
This is one of my favorite music videos in recent years. The song’s currently playing in the background and it struck me that it kind of fits the character. She won’t let her circumstances break her.