Woke Up This Morning/Heard The TV Saying Something Bout Disaster In The World And/It Made Me Wonder Where I’m Going?/There’s So Much Darkness In The World/But I See Beauty Left In You Girl. -Justin Timberlake
I posted a status to my Facebook earlier today about how depressing the news is. I swear every time (which isn’t often) I turn on the news, it’s all about corruption, war, death, and destruction. My mind and heart don’t have the depth and capacity to be able to deal with that on a daily basis. Seriously, I don’t understand how people can live and breathe the news. But mad props for that! I made the mistake of reading the story about the Staten Island man that was choked to death by NYPD. That story struck a chord in me as do other news stories such as everything that’s going on in Palestine, the kidnapped girls in Nigeria, and that Malaysia airlines flight that was shot down in the Ukraine.
When friends talk about worldly topics, I admit that most of the time I don’t have any clue what they’re talking about. I see the headlines, but I never read the stories. I’m deeply saddened by it all and the strength to “do something” about it, is simply not in me. I don’t have that fight in me. I would rather get lost in the music. Through discovering a new artist, re-listening to a favorite of mine, or just zoning out with an album on repeat. It’s more than a hobby for me. It’s a passion and it’s engraved in my soul. It’s a part of me.
The song “Until The End Of Time” by Justin Timberlake popped in my head yesterday after I saw the picture of the 18 year old boy’s beat up face after he was caught raping a child. This is how my mind works. I see or read something and a song pops in my head. I’m all about connections and tend to make a lot of connections between music and life.
This is one of my favorite songs, ever. I remember when I first heard this song. I heard it while in my college dorm because my roommate (shout out to Erin! She put me on to a lot of good music. She definitely knows her stuff.) used to play it. One day I finally asked her, “who sings this song? I really like it!” to which she replied “I’m not tellin!” We’ve always had a sisterly type of relationship. She eventually told me, probably after making me unsuccessfully guess first. I remember being really surprised that Justin Timberlake, the pop artist, sang this song. Later, he released the version of the song that features Beyonce. See if you can make a connection between this song and something in your life. Or try that tactic with the next song you randomly come across. Enjoy!