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?