These readings are always really good, and I tend to cheat, and go listen to the podcast later just so the reading can be for me, too.
Is that cheating, when you hear a reading that sounds so good you want it for yourself? Maybe. But I’ve also been told that when you feel that a reading applies to you, then it does apply to you. You were meant to hear it, even if it’s given as a reading to someone else.
The artist probably didn’t set out to create something specifically for you. But sometimes it feels that way. You connect with the music or a couple lines of lyrics and you just know that Frank Sinatra or Freddie Mercury or the Foo Fighters were channeling you at the moment they recorded that little slice of magic.
Other times, you may hear a song you’ve heard hundreds of times before, but at the moment, it speaks to you, your life and your situation.
In the mid-1970’s, my brother introduced me to Queen. They’d already had a couple hits on Top 40 radio in the U.S. (and were well on their way to becoming the Next Big Thing in the U.K.).
I think just about every sports team in America adopted “We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions” at some point, but the first time I heard it was on my brother’s record player.
I didn’t feel that it was written for me and didn’t attach any special meaning to it. In fact, after hearing it ad nauseum at baseball, football and basketball games, I’m pretty sure I was sick of it soon enough.
But their unique sound stuck with me. I bought their records and CDs (maybe even a cassette or two) over the years, and was saddened when Freddie left us, much too soon.
And then, decades later, I heard “Don’t Stop Me Now” again.
For me, this is one of the ultimate “pep talk” songs. It’s about confidence and just being the most amazing you that you can be. And it just feels like, even if you don’t already know it, the song is going to make you feel it and make you believe.
If I may, I’d suggest listening to this song twice, even if you’ve already heard it a bazillion times.
First, listen as the listener. Let Freddie and the band build you up. If you want to have a good time, give him a call. He’s gonna make a supersonic man out of you.
Then, sing it for yourself. Feel alive. You’re traveling at the speed of light. You’re having a ball.
Let yourself have such a good time, you never want to stop at all.