I have this theory. I think that whenever you play music on your iPod or similar device, if you hit shuffle/random, the song that plays first is exactly the song you need to be hearing at that precise moment in your life.
Whatever you're going through, however your day has been, that song carries the wisdom of the day. It knows how you feel and what you need.
I'm serious, I trust this theory more than I trust the government.
Okay, bad example. I trust it more than my girlfriend, and all the guys she's sleeping with.
No, but really; shuffle theory. Try it.
I was heading home last night and on came Rod Stewart's "Mandolin Wind". The song sounded like me. It was me, just in mp3 form.
Tonight, I was heading home on the tube just a couple of hours ago, when I put on my headphones and hit play. The song was Van Morrison's "Into The Mystic".
I'd skipped that song three times already this week. But tonight? The shuffle Gods got it right. I needed that song. It took me off into a dreaming world. I was on the tube yet also everywhere else all at once.
And the lyrics resonated. The song has wisdom. It knows life. It knows my life. And it was exactly what I needed. Exactly where I am and who I am and how I am.
Smell the sea and feel the sky
Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic.
And my soul really did. Flew all up in the London air all crazy and joyous. Only music can do that.
I wanna rock your gypsy soul
Just like way back in the days of old