Release

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I’ve blogged about my love for Afro Celt Sound System before. Their song, Release, was the first one I listened to this morning when I put in my earbuds to listen to some music while cleaning. Heck, the ONLY music I have on my iPod is Afro Celt!

The lyrics just shook me into the present moment. This is what a fan site had to say…

RELEASE

Don’t think you can’t see me


Don’t argue amongst yourselves
Because of the loss of me
I’m sitting amongst yourselves
Don’t think you can’t see me

Don’t argue amongst yourselves
Because of the loss of me
I haven’t gone anywhere
But out of my body

Reach out and you’ll touch me
Make effort to speak to me
Call out and you’ll hear me
Be happy for me

Don’t argue amongst yourselves
Because of the loss of me
I haven’t gone anywhere
But out of my body

Reach out and you’ll touch me
Make effort to speak to me
Call out and you’ll hear me
Be happy for me

Reach out and you’ll touch me
Make effort to speak to me
Call out and you’ll hear me
Be happy for me

Notes: This is one of Simon’s top Afro Celt songs.  He describes it as “Proof of the healing powers of music and Sinead’s amazing shamanic qualities. A gift.”  In this song, founding Afro Celt member Jo Bruce (Jonas Asher Bruce, 9 February 1968 – 8 October 1997), who passed away from a massive asthma attack, is speaking to the band.  With the help of Sinead O’Connor, it was the last song written for Volume 2, provided the inspiration for the title of the CD “Release” and a healing force for the band after the tragic loss of Jo Bruce.  Iarla and James speak about the recording of this song in their June 2, 1999 interview with Nic Harcourt on KCRW’s program “Morning Becomes Eclectic”.

Before I knew all this about the band member dying, I was listening to those lyrics and thinking of Anne speaking to me from the other side of the veil. Shed a few more tears.

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