HAVANA TIMES — To think while listening to music, to look back on the time that has passed, to engage in reflections that make us appreciate our existence more – this is not accidental, and it occurs when we enjoy things that make us more aware.
It is by no means dwelling on the past, but, sometimes, we can’t help ask ourselves how much we ought to retain from a past moment in our lives, what experience was actually of any value to us.
That is what I think about while I enjoy some old music videos that a good friend had the kindness of copying for me.
Hotel California, New Kid in Town (by The Eagles), Handle With Care (by the Travelling Wilburys), Carol King’s It’s Too Late, Cocaine, Leyla (by Eric Clapton), Something (by George Harrison), Chicago’s Saturday in the Park, The Doors’ Light my Fire, and Raise Your Hand, by Janis Joplin, which makes me raise my own hand and continue to bet on this music, which conveys a message to me and inspires me to be better.
In these loveless times, when, as my friend and colleague Warhol P says, people use one another to see what they can get out of a relationship, when higher spiritual interests that nourish human beings and make them soar are missing, I believe that friendship is something of a lifeline, something to help us face up to the challenge of surviving on the island, the place we live in and are unable to experience differently, for the time being.
Personal growth doesn’t just happen. It stems from self-teaching, books, cinema, music, cooking, traveling, knowing how to look. A philosophy of life that inspires us to share our experiences with others might be the key to allaying the anxieties that our daily concerns give rise to.
Friends can lend us a hand in this, making our days merrier – and so can a few, simple music videos.