The Unintentional Magic of Words

“Watch closely now.
You’ll observe a curious exchange of energy.
Are you a figment of my imagination,
Or am I one of yours?

Watch closely now.
Are you watching me now?
Your eyes are like fingers,
They’re touching my body
And arousing my soul;
Riding the passion arising inside me
How high, can I go?
You’re comin’ with me girl,
I’m gonna show you how.
When it’s scary, don’t look down.

Watch closely now.
Are you watching me now?
I see the hunger arise in your eyes
And it’s urging me on,
Higher and harder and faster and farther
Than I’ve ever gone.
You’re coming closer lady,
Don’t you leave me now.
We’re gonna make it, don’t look down.

Maybe I’m takin’ too many chances
With no net at all.
Maybe I’ll teach you at least that you’ve
Got to be free when you fall.

Watch closely now.
Are you watching me now?
I’m the Master Magician who’s setting you free
From the lies you’ve been told.
When they’re breaking your back,
Bring your last straw to me,
I turn straw into gold.
I’m gonna need you later
When you’re not around.
But I can take it, don’t look down.
Watch closely now.
Are you watching me now?”
— Watch Closely Now (Kris Kristoffersen)

The song comes from the 1976 movie A Star Is Born, starring Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristoffersen, ostensibly about a rising star in the music business, and a star in tragic decline, but the subtext is that we create our own magic, our own ascension and when we misuse it, we lose it; just another fallen angel lost on its way to Paradise.

There are times when we stumble upon a lyric like this that has real meaning for something that is currently going on in our lives.  To any other person on any other day, it might just be a rocking song from an old rock star of a past era, but on this day to you, perhaps the key to unlock a whole new phase of life or secret of the universe that you need to succeed.  I liken it to a form of pareidolia, in which one might find meaning in random shapes in clouds, that another never quite gets, even though you point it out to them in the cloudy sky.

Many times the “magical lyrics” of a song become stuck in your brain, not so much as some invasive “ear worm,” but in the sense that they seem to pop up and inspire you at the oddest moments of your life.  And what seems magical and full of worldly wisdom to me might appear to be simple and pedantic to others.  Sometimes the words that inspire you can come from someone that you’ve just met and who, for some reason, have inspired you or become important in some way that you might have never expected.  I’m sure that you’ve heard of or know of a person who dotes on every word that a writer writes, believing them to be deep and full of wisdom, but when you read the same book… nothing.

Perhaps you’ve gained a kernel of wisdom from this short essay.  I’m just a man, unknown to most, just a name on an internet page you’ve happened to find.  You may read my words and think, “This man has something to say, and I appreciate him saying it at this particular time.”  Just as likely, you’ll read my essay and think, “What in the hell is this man trying to say?  I just don’t get it.”  It’s ok, and I call it the “writer’s curse,” in that the brain of each reader makes its own assessments based on what it can comprehend, given the material presented.  As a photographer, all I have to communicate with are my images, and as a writer, all I have are my words.  Sometimes that might not be enough.

“You think that I don’t even mean
A single word I say
It’s only words and words are all I have
To take your heart away.”
— Words (The Bee Gees)

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