I’m pretty sure you know this one.
This is probably David Bowie’s most well-known song, despite the fact that it didn’t do so well on the charts. Released as a single in 1972 and again in 1975, it failed to make the top forty both times.
Still, it’s been featured on at least eight compilations of Bowie’s music (in fact, a few of them actually take their names from this song). Live versions also appear on at least seven of Bowie’s concert albums. There is a quote from it on the screen at the beginning of “The Breakfast Club”. Bowie even recorded a special version of the song for the movie “Shrek 2”!
In fact, when he announced his retirement from touring in 2006, “Changes” was the last song he performed on stage.
All of this is not a coincidence. The song has a truly universal theme. Change is the only constant. We may not like it, but we can’t stop it.
This is my way of leading into the fact that changes are coming here to Psychic Tapestry.
I always hated it when I’d wake up on a Monday morning and find that my favorite morning radio personality was gone. There was never any explanation. At first, I’d hoped they were on vacation, or maybe out sick. The station would never say anything. And then, suddenly, someone new would be there.
I had no problem with the new person. But they weren’t what I was used to. And I wanted to know what happened to the other person. The one who had been there with me already through so many other mornings. The one I thought of as a friend, if not family.
I didn’t want you to feel that way about Psychic Tapestry, so I wanted to let you know what’s going on.
Starting this Saturday, Psychic Medium Teresa See won’t be joining us on the radio. She was not fired. We didn’t have a falling out. There’s no animosity or power struggle. We continue to be very good friends. In fact, she’s proof-reading this right now (Hi Teresa) before I post it.
I was just going to say that she was “on assignment”, which sounds cool and mysterious, and it’s also the truth. But I didn’t want to leave it at some vague announcement.
Teresa is working on something very cool with our good friend Aaron. Aaron is gifted in Angel Communication, and he’s been on the show a couple times doing Angelspeake as part of our Psychic Trifecta.
Anyway, Teresa and Aaron have figured out an amazing way of reading together that combines Angel Communication, channeling, past lives and healing. Figuring this all out, and honing this ability isn’t easy. It takes a lot of time and a lot of effort.
And so does Psychic Tapestry.
I didn’t want to put Teresa in a position where she had to choose, or would even feel like things were headed that way. First and foremost, she and I are friends, and I wanted to keep it that way. And if you have liked her page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TeresaRSeePsychicMedium), you’ll see some of the things she’s been saying about this new technique. And, more important, what some of the people who have had this kind of reading have already said!
But you can see how excited she is about this, and you just know that this is what she should be doing.
So, at least for now, Teresa is going to focus her attention on that work with Aaron. And, from time to time as she can, she will even come back on Psychic Tapestry to let us know how things are progressing.
I want to make it clear that this isn’t an ending. It’s a bit of a hiatus, like when your favorite TV show takes a break during the summer. Or when a band takes time out so a couple of the members can do their own creative thing and release their solo records.
I’ll still be here, holding down the fort.
And I actually have a project I’ll be working on, as well. Maybe you can even help me with it.
I’m hoping to have lots of guests over the next couple of months, lots of other psychic mediums. I’ll be exploring Life After Death in great detail. I have found that knowing and understanding that we all go on, that our loved ones are not gone when they pass away - there is great comfort in that. There’s also healing, and, frequently, even joy.
And I want to share stories that support that.
So this coming Saturday, if you’re listening live, I hope you’ll call in to share your story.
I guess it’s pretty obvious how the song fits into all this. Changes. Don’t really have to hit you over the head with that, right?
The thing about change that I don’t think a lot of people think about is that, it isn’t just difficult for the person who is going through some kind of change, it is often difficult for others.
Sometimes, people get angry at others who are willing to change, and most of the time, that winds up being a lot more self-revealing than I’d imagine they would like. So don’t be mad, or upset, or even sad about this.
And if you have any questions about all of this, please go to the source. You can comment here on this blog, or you can send us messages on Facebook or Twitter. Just don’t spit on us as we try to change our world. We’re quite aware of what we’re going through. Those last two sentences are from the song. Don't be offended.
Thanks for your support and for listening to our show!
You probably don’t know this song, which is too bad. But that’s the way it goes.
This was Del Shannon’s second big hit, behind the monster juggernaut that was “Runaway”. It was number one in the U.S., and lots of other countries, back in 1961.
“Hats Off To Larry” was the follow-up single, and it was still a big hit, reaching the Top 5 in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia, among others.
But the nature of pop music is that it’s popular for a short time, and then we forget and move on to whatever’s next.
Del had lots of hits in the 1960’s, and even a couple “comeback” singles in the 1980’s, but “Runaway” is the only one that seems to have survived in our consciousness.
This stuff isn’t taught in schools, and today’s so-called “Oldies” stations are moving on, featuring mostly 1980’s hits, with some 1970’s mixed in and an occasional shout out to the Beatles.
But I don’t want to get sidelined here, and I could go on and on about the pathetic state of radio and all the wonderful music that is slowly and sadly fading into oblivion.
“Hats Off To Larry” is one of those rare songs who’s lyrics delve into karma (sort of). The singer has lost his girl to a guy named Larry. And Larry, in turn, has now dumped her and broken her heart.
The singer is, in part, glad about this turn of events, and that now it’s her turn to cry-cry-cry.
But he also laments that, despite it all, he still wants her back, and that maybe now that she’s been through all this, she’ll change.
I think many of us hope that we’ll get the chance to see someone who wronged us get their comeuppance. I know that for me, there’s someone who treated me rather badly and, from time to time, I get a little more glee out of news that some slight misfortune has befallen her. It’s not a very grown-up thing to do or feel, and I’m not proud of it.
But sometimes I just can’t help it.
Unlike the singer in this song, though, I’ve no interest in revisiting that part of my life. I have no illusions that there are any lessons being learned there, or that any change is happening.
And, to be honest, I don’t care.
That’s a closed chapter of my life. I don’t wish ill will upon her, or anyone, really, I’m not exactly rooting for her to win the lottery, either, but it won’t improve my life if anything bad happens to her.
I think that’s a trap we all fall into, from time to time.
It’s hard enough for us to move on from a difficult situation, be it personal or professional. And sometimes, when things seem to be at their darkest, we believe that it will make us feel better if the party that wronged us suffers.
Seriously, how does that help?
Whatever pain we have, whatever trauma we have to overcome, is ours and ours alone. Everyone has issues and problems. And adding to someone else’s load will never lighten yours.
Sometimes, we also fall into the trap of believing that our problems are so big and so unique that no one else could understand.
You aren’t the first person to be betrayed by someone you loved or worked with. You aren’t the first person to have lost a loved one. Or a job. Or your wallet, your car or your house.
You aren’t the first child to be disowned by their parents. Or the first parent to be disowned by their child.
Lawsuits. Evictions. Cancer. They’re all bad, and they happen to everyone.
So thinking or treating everyone else as though they could never understand, that they have no idea what you’re going through, well, that’s as ridiculous as hoping that Larry’s ex will change and come back to you.
Instead, try to find the positive, and embrace it. Easy for me to say, I know, but just try.
This week has been a pretty lousy week for me, personally and professionally. But I still (mostly) love what I do. And I’m fortunate enough to have people in my life who love me (some in their own way, of course, but what can you do?).
I also have the music.
There is probably a song for any problem any of us have ever had. Sometimes the singer commiserates. Sometimes, he even wins.
Think about that for a moment.
It might be difficult to believe anyone in your family, or any of your friends, have any idea about what you’re going through. Even though that’s probably true, there has also probably been a song about it, too!
That means that, whatever you’re dealing with, someone else was not only dealing with it, too, but they set it to music!
I realize that doesn’t change everything. You still have whatever problem you had. But it should help you to realize one very important thing – you aren’t alone. This isn’t some horrible injustice that has happened to you and only you.
And even if you don’t get to talk to Del Shannon, you should know he’s had his heart broken, too. And, if whoever broke your heart gets their heart broken, I just ask that you seriously think about it before you try to get them back.
Ken Kessler has always been interested in psychic phenomena, and like Mulder on the X-Files, wants to believe. But like most, he tends to look for, and accept, rational explanations. (More)