The primal need of music

Hello Fae-ries!

Let’s talk about rock and roll, baby. This last week I went to RockFest with my husband and a bunch of our friends. For those of you not in the know, RockFest is a 3 day rock/metal festival in Cadott, WI with live bands for over 12 hours a day in 4 different stages. Our group camps outside the festival grounds every year so it is days of music, drinking, dancing, camping, sunshine and this year… ROCKNADO. I took the picture above about 5 minutes before a massive storm hit us mid festival week. Everyone made it out safe (except for our canopy which ended up blowing away) and we continued to rock it out in the mud for the next few days! These few days of friends and music lead me to some interesting thoughts.

I was upfront for Asking Alexandria (here’s my song reccomendation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IWdMGdo144 ) and I saw and felt all the energy of the people around me and coming from the band when it hit me. Through all the technological advances, through all the racism and hatred, though we may be billions instead of millions inhabiting this planet anymore… we all share the same primitive need for connection through music. Now heavy rock and roll may not be your thing, and crowded concerts and festivals might not appeal to you, but I would be hard pressed to believe that you have never connected with song on a soul deep level. Maybe you felt your heart soar while in church listening to the choir hit those resonating high notes. Maybe you were deep in a YouTube hole listening to new music in your favorite genre and stumbled across a song you never heard but still made you want to stand up and dance alone in your room. Maybe you just lost someone close to you and a song comes on the radio that sums up how you are feeling PERFECTLY so you proceed to cry and sing along as fiercely as your heart can. Maybe your phone was on shuffle and your favorite song by your favorite band came on and you just had to sing along loudly… even though you are at a stoplight and your windows are down and that guy in the car next to you is looking at you like you have two heads, but you just don’t care!

My point is, that music is truly the perfect bonder. I saw a guy wearing one of the most disgusting shirts ever this weekend, it said, “Find her, F* her, Forget her.” I nearly puked. I know I would never want to have any kind of interaction with someone as heinous as that, who thinks that is an ok shirt to wear?!!! However, I know it is entirely likely that him and I also share a similar experience of blaring Marilyn Manson in our rooms as teenagers, and we likely were both singing along emphatically during MM’s performance that weekend. The same song/band/genre can connect so many different people in so many ways, its awe inspiring. So, as always, I am going to encourage you to find a way to connect with the Universe and each other, this time through song. Talk with your loved ones and find out what their favorite songs are, it might help you understand each other better. And let me know what your favorite song is, I’d love to listen!!

Love, Jordanne

 

Love yourself, Harry!

Hello Fae-ries!

Today’s entry is for all you nerds out there! I almost didn’t get time to write this entry today because instead of going into work early like I normally do on Tuesdays… I went on a 3 mile walk looking for Harry Potter creatures. That’s right, I’ve become one of “those” people. I gotta say… I love it! Video games have always been one of the quintessential “nerdy” things that I never really got into (Super Mario Bros doesn’t count) but I am finding myself really getting into this one!

The reason I am writing about it now is that I have found myself sheepishly telling people about my new addiction and feeling slightly bad for not going into work early because I was “just playing a game.” But the more I think about it… WHO CARES! I literally can’t think of anything that has motivated me to go on so many walks since I downloaded this game, and its just good-natured fun! I preach so much that I love the weird quirks of my friends and that everyone should let their freak flag fly… but I have a such a hard time practicing what I preach sometimes, its weird conundrum. So even though today’s entry is a short and sweet one, I want to use it to encourage ya’ll (and myself) to love the things you love unabashedly… because in the end, if it makes you happy, doesn’t hurt others, and (in my case) helps you get out and get moving, then its a good thing!

Today’s weird quote is actually about this same video game topic… “I don’t remember saving in this location, where am I?” All you gamers out there get it.

Go be weird and love it! Love, Jordanne

PS. This song just seemed appropriate. White and Nerdy by Weird Al.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9qYF9DZPdw

Which part of the elephant is it?

Good (insert time of day) Fae-ries! (It’s 10am for me… and that’s still early in my book). Today I want to talk about purpose. So… here we go!

I am an avid reader. Always have been… ask my mom, she was the one who had to take me to the library pretty much weekly as a kid so I could check out the next Babysitters Club book. Now that I am older, my diversity in books has a much better range (thankfully… I’m pretty sure my husband wouldn’t let me read Babysitters Club in bed). I have been reading a lot of really inspirational self help books lately, my top 3 being The 5 Love Languages, Girl Wash Your Face, and You Are a Badass (all are easy reads and I HIGHLY recommend). But surprisingly enough, the topic of today’s blog is brought to you by one of the Dreseden File books. If you are unfamiliar, they are set in current time Chicago, and the main character is a self deprecating, rebel with a cause type… wizard. He uses is magical powers to solve supernatural crimes in the seedy underbelly of Chicago. These books are some of my husbands favorites, so I decided to give them a read.

The current situation I’m reading is regarding his attempt to rescue The Shroud (used to cover Jesus before his resurrection) before either demons, thieves or mobsters get their hands on it. At one point, Dresden is talking with a friend (Shiro) about religion. At which point Shiro asks if he has heard of the tale of 3 Blind men and an Elephant. This is what I read next.

Shiro: “The first man felt the trunk, and claimed that an elephant was like a snake. The second man touched its leg and claimed that an elephant was like a tree. The third man touched it’s tail, and claimed that the elephant was like a slender rope.

Dresden: “Oh, I get it. All of them were right. All of them were wrong. They couldn’t get the whole picture.”

Shiro: “Precisely. I am just another blind man. I do not get the whole picture of what transpires in all places. I am blind and limited. I would be a fool to think myself wise. And so, not knowing what the universes means, I can only try to be responsible with the knowledge, the strength, and the time given to me. I must be true to my heart.”

THIS. THIS!!!! This is so powerful and important. So many of us go throughout our day, thinking only of our perspective and think ourselves wise that our viewpoint is the only one that must matter (ehem, organized religion, I’m looking at you). It is so inherently important that we try to be responsible with our lives and our choices, but keep in mind that we are only holding one part of the elephant. The best and worst part about this, the mortal coil we are all a part of, is that we can’t know for certain what the hour/day/week/year holds for us… how can we be certain of what happens after we are gone?

What I take away from this is that it is my responsibility to do the most I can every day. Make use of the time here on earth to enrich each other and make sure that my time here is not just spent self serving and boxed in my narrow world view. You will never get to touch all parts of the elephant, but the more you try to move yourself from the trunk, to the head, to the shoulders… You will start to get the whole picture. But the point is to enjoy that journey! You’ve got to WANT to know the story of the stranger that asked you for directions on the street, or to be understanding to that mother who just can’t get her baby to stop crying in public, or to not judge the girl in line ahead of you at the grocery store for whatever it is you might judge her for. So go out, use this time given to you and do something awesome with it!

Love, Jordanne

PS Reminder that in less than 2 weeks is my charity event at InBound Brew Co on July 14th from 12-8pm! Come win some stuff and support those in need!

PPS. My song of the week is From Now On, from The Greatest Showman! Such an inspirational song! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iW2FUY3N-n0