Music is absolutely the soundtrack of my life. I wake up, go to sleep, exercise, cook, eat, meditate, drive, fly, and write Monday Morning Stretches with all types of music playing somewhere in the background. The first Monday of every month is Music Monday in the Lion’s Den where I showcase a song and connect it with something I’m currently contemplating… and when the “Love month” of February rolls around every year, I get to pick a love song. Ahhhhh….
This February I did pick a love song though probably not a traditional one. It’s about hearts … does that count? My pick is Sara Bareilles’s “Kaleidoscope Heart”. It’s very short (only one minute in length) and sung acapella with the most gorgeous harmonies.
Last night we were sitting with friends enjoying some great live music by our friend, Lee Koch, and a few other brilliant musicians at an intimate local spot in town. Lee’s father, Bob, happened to be there and on a break we spoke to him about the latest happenings with his growing family of 6 children and 12 grandchildren. When someone asked what music he had played while Lee was growing up that had influenced his style today, Bob replied, “I’ve always had a love for all kinds of music. Growing up, my parents thought music was somehow evil so I used to take dimes from my paper route as a small boy and sneak over to the laundromat where I could use the dimes to listen to music there in secret. Later I picked up the guitar and eventually began to write music of my own. It’s just in my soul. And it was in Lee’s from the beginning as well. When we’d travel in our family van, he was the only one of the six that would sit up in the front with me and jam to the radio. We listened to Sam Cook and Bob Dylan and Paul Simon… great songwriters and singers of all kinds. It’s such a blessing to watch Lee now following his dream, playing for the crowd, with two albums out and a third on the way, doing what he was born to do.”
The definition of kaleidoscope is a complex pattern of constantly changing colors and shapes. I used to get a small kaleidoscope in my stocking each year for Christmas. I was mesmerized by them and still am today. There’s a quote by meditation teacher and author, Sharon Salzburg, which says, “Life is like an ever-shifting kaleidoscope – a slight change and all patterns alter.”
I like the idea that we have gifts and interests that are uniquely our own. I like the idea that love in our life takes many shapes: people, places, moments, professions, pastimes, foods, and music. I also like the idea that every time one thing shifts in our lives… someone enters or exits, we experience new work or clients, a sudden change in the weather, or we find a new favorite tune… everything else shifts in response. From one minute to the next, we are never quite the same. Like a kaleidoscope, when we wake up every morning and turn the tube of our life one more degree, when the crystals of our experiences fall against the stationary parts of our world, a new pattern is formed. One that has never been and one that will change again tomorrow. The best we can ever do is follow our hearts desires, lean into our lives with more and more love, and try to remember to look in awe and wonder at the fantastic texture, colors, and perfection of it all.
I have hope… inside is not a heart but a kaleidoscope.
Wishing you a month, a year, and a lifetime of love.
“All the colors
Of the rainbow
Hidden ‘neath my skin
Hearts have colors
Don’t we all know?
Red runs through our veins
Feel the fire burning up
Inspire me with blood
Of blue and green
I have hope
Inside is not a heart
But a kaleidoscope”
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