Exist Loudly

The Song That Opened My Soul

Music normally touches one person’s life, but it is music that touches one soul that makes it amazing and spiritual.

As I sat and watched Michael Franti & Spearhead at a song writer’s workshop on Rombello, he spoke of how music can open one’s soul and at that very moment he gained a new fan.

During Franti’s performance as the cruise set sail into the sunset, he sang “11:59” and I connected to the following lyrics in the song.

“It’s eleven fifty-nine and fifty-nine seconds. If I’m gonna die tonight I want heaven…It was eleven fifty-nine and fifty-nine clicks…Some of us just lost faith all together…No way, they say, it can’t be this way. That’s why so many people stand up and say: One love, one blood, one heart, one soul and one drum and only one rhythm, One tribe and all of us singing…”

But it wasn’t until two days later when he played it to an indoor crowd and the energy of his performance, the energy of the crowd, and the spirituality of the music opening souls combined brought me to tears. There I stood on a boat somewhere in the middle of the ocean with 2000 plus of my newest friends finding my soul ripped open and positivity and love being poured in.

It was as close to the Universe (or God, Buddha, Allah, whatever your religion is) as I was going to get.

There have been a handful of times where music has brought me to tears and I have always thought it was the emotion I connected the song too, but on Rombello I realized it wasn’t the emotional connection. What I was connecting to was the song gifting my soul with love and spirituality.

Music is a powerful weapon of love and connects people together to change the world for the better (and yes, it can be a powerful weapon of hate, but I feel those are far and few between).

More often than not, music is a healer, a lover, and a spirit guide.

Music will open your hear and your soul to a different way and better way of thinking and living.

I might have walked onto Rombello as Shelia, but I walked off of Rombello a changed person. A better person. I am even more aware of my consciousness, humanity, spirituality, and oneness with the Universe.

It will take me months to fully process everything I gained from this and I am so looking forward to all the gifts I receive and have received from this journey and what I can give back to the Universe in return.

My thoughts, feelings, emotions, and sense of self have changed and I am honored it was changed through music.

Watch “11:59” by Michael Franti & Spearhead