There is so much I want to share with you!
But since I must narrow it down to this one simple and hopefully digestible letter, I will begin with the most present thing.
The little girl was dancing and dancing. Her cat eared, sound canceling headphones made her look almost as if she were an animal. So connected to her body. So present in the experience. Aware of her herself and completely embodied.
Her little 7 year old self letting the music carry her deeper within, then without, taking in her surroundings before turning back in again, eyes closed. In and out, riding wave after wave of song.
Music invites us back to ourselves. To all of ourselves.
Maybe it’s a rhythm and that seeps into your skin and invokes movement you can’t help but surrender too.
Maybe it’s a familiar lyric or tune that calls your past self (or selves) back from the depths of history, memory, another time and place.
What was the last song that demanded an offering of presence from you?
Last night I went to a Matchbox Twenty and Matt Nathanson concert at a nearby outdoor pavilion. It was amazing!
Aside from the great company (shout out to my fellow Witch in the World Irisanya Moon), the fabulous music that awoke so many of my past selves and the gorgeous Spring evening, there was that sense of connection, of being a part of something. There was a sacred timeless space created there in that theater. Each of those 8000 plus people having their own experience, creating their own memories and simultaneously hearing the same music, a common and shining thread woven through the tapestry of moment.
I have written before about music as magic, as time travel, and yet it is so much more.
It is also a time stopper, a connector, a container, a Spell.
I invite you to use this tool for your magic.
What is the energy you want to invoke? What song(s) call this forth for you?
Choose one and play it, headphones in, world shut out and let it infiltrate your being.
What happens? Take note. Or better yet, make a note. Tell the story of this transformation.
Make a playlist-
Choose a mood, a time, a self you want to connect with and make a playlist of songs to support this part of you. Let it be fuel, balm, whatever you need it to be. Listen as needed.
Share the magic-
Text a friend or loved one a link to a song that is speaking to you.
Make playlists (remember mix tapes that you made for lovers and friends?), share them
Co-create-pick a theme and invite a friend, loved one (or multiple friends and loved ones) to add songs to the playlist with this theme. (this is making magic together and creating connection, weaving your own thread through each others experiences across time and space).
Most of all, have fun. Dance. Laugh. Cry. Let the music hold you and guide you.
Emily Morrison MA, MFT