I'm having the best time getting ready for the launch of "Summer of Love" in just a few days.
(This post includes a few links to the music in me, just for fun and your listening pleasure.)
As I wrote one of the introductory "Love Notes," I was taken back in time to my first memories of music. How poignant this was to remember! How my parents loved music and how we always seemed to have music playing in the house (on the "stereo"/record player, long before anyone had iPods and portable music).
It was a great walk down memory lane for me, remembering my first albums. Remembering those songs I listened to again and again until my mother grew so tired of them she begged me to turn the player off.
We all move so quickly today. We take very little time to sit and reflect upon our lives. Much less to consider what shaped us, what helped us become who we are today.
Being raised in a music loving household, I believe, fostered this ability in me to sit and listen. We listened to lyrics. We listened for their meaning for us and we took that meaning in and fabricated our lives out of those words.
"Remembering the music in me" has been fun. It also makes me appreciate the era in which I was born and raised (the 50-70s) because it was a powerful time of change—a time of spiritual opening too.
Here are a few of the musical highlights I remember, esp. those that cued me into Love:
The Beatles: ("I Want to Hold Your Hand"): Romantic Love
The Association: ("Cherish") More Romantic Love
"Jesus Christ, Superstar": Love of the Spirit
Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: ("For What It's Worth" and more, just about all of their music): Love of Social Justice [These did not make my dad too happy; anti war stuff.]
Hues Corporation ("Rock the Boat"), O'Jay's ("Love Train"), Sly and the Family Stone ("Family Affair"): Love of dancing, fun, & friendship [college days].
The beat goes on. I found myself reliving many wonderful memories that I'd long forgotten, people too.
I found myself wanting to walk down "memory lane" some more, looking back at the significant stages of my adult life to remember what music I was listening to and pondering how it shaped me; how it supported my life/spiritual journey.
I'm planning to do that as our "Summer of Love" proceeds. Perhaps you'll join me and pay your respects to the music in you!
It will be a Whole Lotta Love Fun, I can feel it!
(Click the link above for a dose of Led Zeppelin. 1979. Not sure what that Love was all about, just having a good time with friends, carefree days, no responsibilities, i.e. Love of Being Alive, I imagine.
Join me for a "Summer of Love." A musical experience deeper into the "spiritual heart." 30 days, one soulful teaching each day, and a song to help YOU drop into the middle again so you can remember who you really are--LOVE.
Begins June 15, delivered to your Inbox daily. Both men and women welcome to this co-ed Love Fest, Woodstock-style!
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is a touchpoint. a resting place, a "remembering" of who we really are and how we can best live—kindly and compassionately with ourselves and others.
Janice Lynne Lundy, DMin
is an educator, interspiritual director/guide and retreat leader who has been pointing people back toward the Sacred for more than twenty years. She is the author of several spiritual growth books, including Your Truest Self, My Deepest Me and Portable Peace., and is the co-founder and co-director of the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute.