Rainer Maria Rilke
When my soul touches yours a great chord sings!
How shall I tune it then to other things?
O! That some spot in darkness could be found
That does not vibrate when’er your depth sound.
But everything that touches you and me
Welds us as played strings sound one melody.
Where is the instrument whence the sounds flow?
And whose the master-hand that holds the bow?
O! Sweet song—
April is National Poetry Month. I’ve been a fan of poetry ever since I was young. Like a lot of kids, I used poetry to express and validate a lot of my frustrations growing up in a world that felt increasingly alien to me.
It was right around the same time that music started to play a similar role. Initially, I didn’t pay that close of attention to the words in songs. I was moved more by the rhythm and the melody. I would hop around my bedroom, air guttering to my stereo, mindlessly mouthing the words with very little thought about what they meant.
It wasn’t until after college, when I started to write my own songs, that I began to fall in love with the process of marrying words to music. A good piece of music and a good poem can affect us in similar ways. But there’s something altogether unique about the alchemy of a good song.
I feel like poetry is a secret language that only people in a certain state of mind can hear. This month, see if you can find the poetry in some of your favorite songs. Maybe ask yourself, “What is it saying to you? And what can you learn about yourself by noticing what you’re drawn to?”
Below is a playlist of songs that have resonated with me in the past month. I hope they bring more joy and flow to your life. Thanks for listening, MMM
Included are songs by John K. Samson, Jane Weaver, Junglepussy, Dehd, Xiu Xiu, Liars, Phoebe Bridgers, Maria Taylor, Celeste, Wildlife Freeway, Sunn a Atema, Durand Jones and the Indications, Gabriels, Fleet Foxes, Loretta Lynn, Boards Of Canada, Sour Widows, Wau Wau Collectif
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