“Singing works just fine for me.”
My favorite, all time main man, legendary musician and aspirational lyricist is James Taylor.
Yes, I am 25. Yes, I already bought my presale ticket for when he is coming to St. Louis in May.
In one of his most famous tunes, Sweet Baby James, there is a lyric that I can’t help but smile to everytime I’m singing along-
“There’s a song that they sing when they take to the highway, a song that they sing when they take to the sea. A song that they sing of their home in the sky, maybe you can believe it if it helps you to sleep. But singing works just fine for me.”
I absolutely love the sentiment that James is creating here. Call me on taking artistic license or subjective interpretation, but I think that this illustrates just how diverse and unique of an expression each one of us has in our own space- and how we can learn from and lean on each other.
We all approach and handle our own day to days differently. The song I sing when I take to the highway might be in a completely separate key or time signature than yours, and it certainly doesn’t sound the same as the song that you sing when you take to the sea. The motivations and thoughts that drive my work day might be completely different than the dreams and ambitions that encourage you to work yours. My family and friends sure look different than yours- all wonderful and crazy of course, but their tune is unique and totally specific.
And sometimes, well sometimes I may not understand why you don’t have a song that you sing of your home in the sky. Maybe you like to paint about it instead, or kick soccer balls in the backyard there, or build sound panels for one of the rooms. But it’s okay that our expressions surrounding the same thing are different. In fact, it’s holy.
Holy, meaning literally set apart. Our displays of love for one another, while mine might come in song or words and yours may come in gifts or food are completely set apart by the specific, diverse, and intricate humans we are. This difference is a good thing, and often it is what allows friends to respond to sorrow, families to celebrate new beginnings, and workplaces to start to function as a solid team. Without our varied shapes of songs and expressions, we’d be a pretty jumbled up people that didn’t fit together at all.
So celebrate the things that make you totally and completely you. It makes a huge impact on those around you, how you respond to them, and how you love them. Now more than ever we need to know people and be known ourselves. How you express joy and sadness could not be more important to this world.
And for now, singing works just fine for me.