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Free Spirit

Music often streams in the background as I work, or read, or write, clean the house or do the dishes (yip, a bit of signature un-glamour right there for you). Sometimes, a song begins to play, grabs my attention and moves me to drop everything I’m doing. One moment, I am immersed in my task, and the next I’m gripped by a deep desire to write, or at the very least sway or dance around the room… I do hope this happens to you too, and I’m not now, in your eyes, that crazy lady who is visited by a free-agent feline, whenever he needs a quiet moment.

Streaming songs has introduced me to a whole range of new artists, many I’d probably never have come across if I was still sticking to previously mainstream ways to access their work. Enter “Free Spirit” by American singer and songwriter Khalid, and I just had to come here to share my thoughts.

This 22-year-old artist sure didn’t have me in mind when he wrote this song, but I’m not immune to the beautiful, melancholy rising and falling waves of a sweet voice. My knowledge of music is as limited as my knowledge of wine – basically, if it’s easy on the ears, and easy on the palate, I’m there.

Sometimes when music really moves me, I’ll do a little online research to find out more about the motivation or story behind the song. Not today. I think he’s singing about coming of age, but these words from “Free Spirit” just resonate with me:

“Free spirits, free spirits
Can you hear me calling?
Oh, it’s all or nothing
When you’re free spirits, free spirits
Can you hear it calling?
‘Cause I don’t wanna live no normal life, let go…”

Is it my desire to get out there and explore the world again? Am I seeking more than the current status quo? Right now it’s not important, as I don’t want to spoil this moment by overanalysing.

Whatever the magic ingredient in this song is, for the three-and-a-half minutes that I listened to it (and the ones that followed) my soul soared, along with the melody.

Art is just amazing, isn’t it?

till soon, 











  1. Free spirited is cool. Life is too short to allow one’s self to be contained and moulded into what is considered acceptable at any given period in time.
    So flutter around, sway to the music, run barefooted over the grass and lift your face to the rain.

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