That Was Easy - Music Awakens the Wild Woman

Sarah Diop
Posted January 26, 2021 from Canada
That Was Easy - Music Awakens the Wild Woman

https://www.bookinterrupted.com/post/that-was-easy-music-awakens-the-wild-woman

Author:  Meredith Kaknevicius -contributing member of Book Interrupted.

The impact books have on our lives is not limited to the words written between the covers. Some books inspire new thoughts and send us to unexpected places. Follow me down the rabbit hole in this recurring segment.

Google search Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D. and it’s clear this book has, to put it lightly, touched and inspired many. In a Pitchfork.com interview about her 2020 released album Inner-Song, Welsh dream-pop artist Kelly Lee Owens described WWRWtW as her Bible, and the track Rewild is informed by it. The fact that she also drew inspiration from Radiohead, one of my favourite bands, encouraged me to listen to the whole album. Serendipitously, this album transports the listener into a dream world—a soundtrack for delving deeper. Go ahead. Put it on, here and then come back to read the rest. I’ll wait.

Welcome back.

Rewild made me think about the role of music in my life. What songs brought out the wild woman in me? When had I felt most in tune with my wild self? Could music rewild me and rouse my intuitive nature? I started exclusively listening to the albums and artists that dominated my wild and free youth. I started with Ani DiFranco’s Living In Clip, the soundtrack of my teens. Fiona Apple followed, her previous albums as well as the extraordinary Fetch the Bolt Cutters. If you already love this album, check out the Vulture interview in which Apple discusses the meaning of each song. You’ll fall in love all over again.

I asked the Book Interrupted team to name their wild woman songs, and we compiled them into the wild woman playlist. I listened. I listened to music that spoke to me, music that spoke to them, old music, and new music

Then. Something. Happened. I felt more alive, more in tune, more alert, more me. It felt good and I wanted more. As I hunted for artists to evoke my wild, I was brought back full circle by an article in the Guardian about “wild wolf-runner” songwriters, storytelling in song, and Women Who Run With the Wolves.

Music & storytelling in song invigorated my wild. Huh. That was easy.

How else might WWRWtW impact my life? Next week I’ll take you a little further down the rabbit hole.

Until then, we’d love to hear from you. What’s on your wild woman playlist? What is your experience while listening to it? Enter in comments below or email us!

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Katrina Maria
Jan 26
Jan 26

Dear Sarah
I fully relate to your story, Music and storytelling keep me going almost my whole life, Keep on Dancing keep on enjoy,
Go Wild
Katrina

Meredith Kaknevicius

Thanks Katrina. Our own personal soundtracks say a lot about our experiences.

Thanks to my sister, Sarah, for posting this article on my behalf. I've reposted this story with links included, if you're interested. https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/meredithkak/posts/98397
~Meredith

Shirin Dalaki
Jan 27
Jan 27

Dear Sarah,

Thank you for sharing your beautiful story with us. I love the creativity in your writing and your expression in regard to music, "Then. Something. Happened. I felt more alive, more in tune, more alert, more me. It felt good and I wanted more". I do feel more alive with certain music as well. The other day I was watching Barbra Streisand concert and she sang her old famous song "Evergreen", it is not wild but it awakens livelihood in me every time I listen to it and feel the power of love so these days I have been listening to it over and over again walking on treadmill.

Shirin

Meredith Kaknevicius

Shirin, thank you for sharing. I agree. A song need not be wild to stir us and speak to our deep selves. It's great to hear others have the same experience as me.

Thanks to my sister, Sarah, for posting this article on my behalf. I've reposted this story with links included, if you're interested. https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/meredithkak/posts/98397
~Meredith

Katrina Maria
Jan 29
Jan 29

Thank you so.much my Sisters from all over the World for being part of this Wonderful group.

Beth Lacey
Jan 28
Jan 28

This Land is Your Land, written by Woody Guthrie and sung at the US inauguration by Jennifer Lopez

Meredith Kaknevicius

Beth, isn't it amazing how the impact of a book or song can be amplified by a time a place? I've just rewatched her perfomance at the inauguration, and it is certainly uplifting.

Thanks to my sister, Sarah, for posting this article on my behalf. I've reposted this story with links included, if you're interested. https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/meredithkak/posts/98397
~Meredith

Hello, Sarah,

Thank you for sharing with us your journey to self-discovery. I too love to listen to Music. It's great to know that we have playlists of music that resonate with us.

Meredith Kaknevicius

Thanks Karen. If you enjoyed this first article, I will be posting something weekly as part of a self-discovery series while reading books with the other members of Book Interrupted. I've reposted this particular story to my profile (I have since joined World Pulse since my sister Sarah posted it on my behalf) with links if you're interested. https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/meredithkak/posts/98397
~Meredith

Meredith Kaknevicius

I want to thank my sister, Sarah, for posting this article on my behalf and introducing me to the amazing community.
I've since joined World Pulse and reposted this story on my profile with links included, for those interested. https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/meredithkak/posts/98397
~Meredith

Sarah Diop
Jan 30
Jan 30

You are very welcome. I think you will really enjoy World pulse and this community.

Katrina Maria
Jan 29
Jan 29

Thank you so much my Sisters nowadays It's Pray work and Worldpulse.