I love to dance. I don't do it nearly enough, but at least once a year, out under the desert sky in a magical place called Black Rock City, I dance and dance and dance. Once when we were dancing, a good friend of mine said, "I love to watch you when you dance. You go someplace else." Yes, I often do. Dancing (especially to electronica) transports me to a place (plane?) where I feel truly free. I love that feeling -- so alive, so joyful, so in the moment. Although I would like to feel that and embody that more often, I recognize that there are many people on this planet who likely have never once experienced that kind of freedom. Dancing under the desert stars is a luxury indeed.
Still, music IS transformative. And this week's featured artist, Taro Istok, has gifted us with a song that I love to play when I need a little inspiration or when I'm not feeling very powerful. It's easy to get stuck in that space of inertia or (worse) feeling like a victim. But Taro's lyrics, buoyed up by richly textured music, make me want to shake off the heaviness (in my heart or on my shoulders).
We can make it, you and I...
(Don't give up the fight. You've made it this far.)
We can make it, if we try...
(You'll never go wrong if you follow your heart.)
When you feel you can't go on much longer
And the road seems to go on forever...
We can make it, you and I.
We can make it if we try.
It is impossible not to feel good as I listen to this song. When I set my MP3 player on repeat, it becomes almost meditative... We can make it, you and I. We can make it, if we try.