This past weekend, one of my friends suffered a devastating loss. We are a really tight-knit group, so our friend’s loss affected us all. Our hearts hurt, many of us had trouble sleeping, and many of us were teary-eyed as we went through the shock of loss together.
It started, for me, with hearing Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic” on the radio. I think there’s something magical about his music. He could be singing about the most horrible things, but for some reason, the mood that the music itself brings up is just the thing to make me feel better. Adding to the magic is that one of his songs will come on the radio at exactly the moment I need it.
There seems to be a perfect song for every feeling, for every relationship, for every situation. Sitting at my computer, unable to concentrate on my usual internet activities, I went back and forth between being online with my friends and surfing my music collection. After hearing Van, I was very intent on digging into my collection to find the songs that would soothe my soul.
I found just the song – one with the just the right mood, that perfectly expresses how I feel about this group of friends – rather, how we all feel about each other. And it’s a song that soothed me just when I needed it.
Also, please, hug your loved ones today.
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