Near the Old Man of Storr, Scotland I took this in 2004

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Travelling with the heart

Yesterday,while fiddling with the radio in the car, as the passenger, I chanced upon the powerful and beautiful song "Change Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke.

I have tried and tried to add the song, or at least a link to a site to hear it, but I have been successfully unsuccessful each time..but go to and you can find the song there.

Perhaps it was some sort of omen, but after not having heard that song for ages I heard it again in the same day, at the end of Malcolm X,( a film I have yet to watch in it's entirety, not for lack of wanting, I never seem know when it's on) and it was played when he was killed, in real life.

When I hear that song, I burst out into a gigantic smile, my heart smiles, even though the song is painful. He was a genius. He was able to take issues of jim crow racism and transform that horror and pain into healing art.

So, that, dear readers, is the other kind of travelling I'm talking about.

We can travel with our hearts, imaginations, emotions, words. For me, music is a very powerful agent in allowing this type of travel to happen; soul travel.

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