THE POWER OF MUSIC TO INSPIRE
“Like a Rock” to many is nothing more than the background music for a Chevy Trucks commercial. But those who find inspiration in music make it so much more than an advertising anthem.
I admit to wishing I had spent more time with music when I was younger. So often, whether listening to the legends of my youth or sampling those who will one day be remembered among the greats, I am an intent listener to the lyrics and their meaning. I find inspiration in the words of great songs and great songwriters.
Bob Seger was a mainstay of my youth. One of the first great rock concerts I attended, I can still feel the old (and now long gone) Hollywood Sportatorium rocking to the steel rafters with the pounding beat of “Katmandu” and “Heavy Music”. The sad and even heartbreaking words from “Turn the Page”. So many more. Seger’s songs spoke to me and so many of that generation. Thankfully, they still do to this day.
In the mix for leadership, image and integrity is inspiration. That which drives us, and can be found in so many little corners of life. All we have to do is pay attention when the fleeting moments arrive and take us to another place, another reality, and make us wonder what was and what could still be.
WORDS AND MEANING THAT RESONATE OVER THE YEARS
This morning, I heard “Like a Rock’ emanating from the sound system speakers in my house, and I was stopped cold from my work when the final four stanzas were sung.
Twenty years now
Where’d they go?
I don’t know
Sit and I wonder sometimes
Where they’ve gone
And sometimes late at night
When I’m bathed in the firelight
The moon comes callin’ a ghostly white
And I recall
Like a rock. standin’ arrow straight
Like a rock, chargin’ from the gate
Like a rock, carryin’ the weight
Like a rock
Like a rock, the sun upon my skin
Like a rock, hard against the wind
Like a rock, I see myself again
Like a rock
FINDING YOUR INSPIRATION AND MAKING IT WORK FOR YOU
Inspiring words because they make me think about the past and look to the future. Personally, I find resonance in the lyrics and can apply them to my own life. Though for me, it is certainly more than 20 years. I have to admit being a little choked up every time I hear the song and those words.
But when I do, they inspire me to remember the past is just that. The past. It’s gone and cannot be changed. I’ll be first to admit I need that push every now and then. While I may be a teacher of leadership, image and other values, inspiration is something I believe in seeking every day. The most important thing is to not think you can get along without it.
In the end, it has to be a part of what makes us who we are to ourselves, and to others.
Hopefully, the music and the words will help you in taking a few minutes to consider the enormity of the world we live in, and how in the end it all comes down personal, little moments that can change our futures. Not just so many years ago. Not just today..
But perhaps forever.
Rock on, True Believers.