My Mystical, Musical Inspiration
On Sunday, 6/15/14, after going to a friend’s house in Lincoln Park during the Old Town Art Fair, I stopped off at a Village Thrift store on my way home because my backpack zipper broke, but I didn't find any backpacks there I liked. After I turned the corner of the intersection and headed south, so I could catch a bus back home, I heard a cool, new song playing that I really like. It has an old R&B rhythm which reminded me of the original Motown sound.
I'm attaching the YouTube link to the song, too. Why? Because a young, 20-something African American man who lives above a store was dancing like he was in heaven outside on the landing of his porch between the 2nd and 3rd floor. I couldn't stop watching him from across the street. Then I found myself waving and thrusting my thumbs up to him three times. He saw me, and pumped his arm up as if to say he's jamming and dancing alone, but he's a lot happier than Pharrell Williams. I could see that he was totally absorbed in the present moment and relishing every single beat. It was amazing!
He made me remember that I used to be like that, and I lost it along with most of my spontaneity and sense of humor. I still feel lost in that sense, but I'm re-connecting with my true self that used to laugh and smile all day long just like my mom. I'll get there, and this stranger will never know how much he inspired me to keep looking. Here's the You-tube video of the lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnklzGJdsRQ. Enjoy!