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Songs and Soul: A Spiritual Experience-Time, Love and Tenderness

Updated on March 15, 2016

"Driving, to me, is more than an art or a science.

... It is a spiritual experience."

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A Night at the Symphony

There’s something magical about a night at the symphony---a sense of expectation and pure pleasure. Imagine being able to take a place on that stage among the other musicians, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform at your very best.

If you could join the orchestra, what instrument do you see yourself playing?

  1. Violin
  2. String bass
  3. Trumpet
  4. Flute

[Please pick your choice before reading on.]

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Key to A Night at the Symphony

Musical instruments are symbolic of members of the opposite sex. The pairing of you and your instrument shows how you perceive yourself in making the music of love. The instrument you chose gives insight into what you think of as your strongest lovemaking technique.

  1. Violin

The violin demands sensitive fingerwork and a delicate touch with the bow to draw forth music from the taut strings. You see yourself as having the same awareness and skill in locating and playing upon your partners’ most sensitive points. There’s a sense of adventure in the way your hands can create such beautiful music by running over the familiar notes.

  1. String bass

There’s a feeling of power gotten from taking position behind an enormous bass and making it call out in a tremendous moan. In love, your skill rests in the ability to bend your partners to your will, taking complete control, and driving them onward to pleasures they never imagined they could experience. You never ask permission, but that dominating character is what makes you so irresistible.

  1. Trumpet

There’s no getting around it---your mouth is the strongest weapon in your arsenal. Whether it’s whispering love talk in your partner’s ear or exploring them with your lips, you have all the characteristics of the oral personality.

  1. Flute

The flute demands incredible patience from those who want to master it. You show that same patience in the way you wear down partners with your persistence, determination, and stamina. Your lovers are often taken off guard when what they thought would be a brief recital quickly develops into a full concerto in six movements.”

- “Kokology: The Game of Self-Discovery” by Tadahiko Nagao and Isamu Saito

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I would think that if you are in love with driving like I am, you’d pick number 2 from the choices above---string base, which is the same as the cello.

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I would think that if you are in love with driving like I am, you’ve probably experienced its natural high of explosive exhilaration.

Nothing comes close.

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Perhaps.

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Catharsis and Experiential Spirit

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Losing something which we have grown deeply attached to can throw us off balance. That is what happened after I relinquished what I felt was my privilege to drive my own car over a decade ago.

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It was not only a car. It was the maroon family UV, which my children had called Tanya, in fondness for she too was a family member.

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Before Tanya, there were other cars (and jeep) that went ahead. Each loss with its own aware or unaware experience of having to let go. Like the end of love affair.

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A poignant memory comes back from hearing the arrangement and lyrics of the song “Time, Love and Tenderness” by Michael Bolton.

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The deep loss of Tanya is only now brought to conscious awareness.

She has never really been fully grieved.

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‘Puti’ is a word in the vernacular, which means the color white. This is the family’s nickname for the hand-me-down white car I received from my in-laws. Starting as a family, we did not have the means to buy our own car and were lucky enough to have received one for ferrying the children to/fro school and even to out-of-town trips.

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I have gotten quite used to Puti’s company and like most other cars I’ve driven, I knew and felt what her ‘heartbeat’ (i.e., engine sounds) wanted me to do. Aka I let her tell me how to drive.

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She liked it very much whenever I switch her automatic gear to drive 1 (D1) or drive 2 (D2) as called for by the terrain, instead of forcing her on regular drive. She responds with a contented purr whenever geared down to her own liking.

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We enjoyed it together when ‘Time, Love and Tenderness’ played on her sense-surround stereo system. We were man, machine and music in one heavenly symphony, caught up in the dance of soul and spirit.

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“I understand how you're feeling now

And what you've been through

But your world's gonna turn around

So baby, don't you be blue

All it takes is a little time

To make it better

The hurt won't last forever …” – Time, Love and Tenderness

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Or so I thought … Only to realize this morning when I chanced on the song, grief was still there.

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But I still had the song, to remind me, to re-member my long lost friends, loves and journeys shared.

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“… Thoughts are deeds.

I understood that life is lived most fully in the imagination---that, ironically, imagination is the key to reality.

… We are sent here [on earth] to live life fully, to live it abundantly, to find joy in our own creations, whether they are new thoughts or things or emotions or experiences. …

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… [God] actually wants us to draw on the powers of heaven, and that by believing that we are capable of doing so, we can.” – Betty J. Eadie, “Embraced by the Light”

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“A tiny sparrow quenches its thirst from a miniscule water puddle on the sidewalk, sustained even in the midst of a seemingly barren desert city.”

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