It can’t be said enough how amazing Mother Love Bone was and still is. Every time I hear Andy sing, I become this energized ten-year-old again, like when I first heard him. Apple is a great album to clean the house to or be at the gym to or “car dance” to as you take a road trip. So, what do you need to know about this fictional Shangrila? It’s a made up place from a James Hilton novel called, Lost Horizon. This fictional place, written out as Shangri-La, refers to a mystical valley of harmonious paradise. Let’s pause a minute. We don’t need a history lesson to know that Andy Wood saw music this way. “Love Rock awaits you people, lo and behold…” And you’re undoubtedly nodding in agreement with how Andy felt about this mystical monastery called music.
“Get me to the stage; it brings me home again, this is Shangrila.” For Andy, performance and music were everything. For most of us audiophiles, we can relate. Myself, I’m not a musician per se, but I have a collection of instruments that range from a kazoo to a bass guitar. But as a writer, I know the thrill of performance, and how it energizes the soul like this Shangrila of Andy’s. And you don’t have to be a musician at all to be completely immersed in music. Let’s face it, you’re reading my blog for a reason, right? And deeply, I thank you, because that’s what we writers live for.
This morning, “This is Shangrila” came on a shared playlist of mine, and I had to stop and write about it. Because we all know this mysterious and mystical place that taunts our brainwaves and dances between our ears, riding on the synapses of energy. For us, it is everything. For us, this is Shangrila.
Be well and rock on,