Music Gurus: the voices of "Musivangelism"

Say what you will about musicians. We can be flaky, flighty, irresponsible, prone to procrastinate, loathe reality, unaware of time, lost in a daydream, in love with fantasy, broke most of the time and always in search of a party. There are easily a thousand  excuses to be found justifying almost all of those traits. That's not my intention. What I want to look at is the phenomenon of what happens to those of us on this planet that experience a genuine passion for what we do and how I believe it connects us to the divine on some deep inner level. As a musician, I can only speak about music and those who write or perform it, but I know without question that the divine connection is there in any passionate pursuit.

To get some fodder for my premise, I googled the top 500 songs according to Rolling Stone Magazine. I will work my way through the list seeking the performer and/or writer of each and then search out quotes made by those individuals to see if their own passion felt words back up what I have theorized. It will be an interesting journey for me and I hope for you as well. You could take the journey all by yourself now that I have given you the idea and I wish you well if you choose to go it on your own.

Kevin Mazur/WireImageRapper Jay-Z introduces the Rolling Stone top 500 song picks and he has some eloquent words that immediately hit me. Here are portions of his essay.

"When I'm writing a song that I know is going to work, it's a feeling of euphoria. It's how a basketball player must feel when he starts hitting every shot, when you're in that zone. As soon as you start, you get that magic feeling, an extra feeling."

"When you hear a great song, you can think of where you were when you first heard it, the sounds, the smells. It takes the emotions of a moment and holds it for years to come. It transcends time."

"A great song doesn't attempt to be anything — it just is."


John LennonThose words tend to make me think of the divine, though he doesn't ever come out and say it. Now... I will start the journey to discovering the "guru" quality in many musicians that I didn't  include in my previous list of descriptors in a purely random way by starting with a profound quote from John Lennon, one of the more prominent musical voices of the 20th Century, though I have no idea where he ranks on the list. For some reason, of all the thought provoking things he had to say, this one has stuck with me over the years...

"Life is what happens while you're busy making plans"

There's plenty said in those few words...think about it.