Maybe the best part of Friday night’s Travelin’ Music segment — even better than the music itself — is the insight it has offered into nonpolitical aspects of many of those who post here regularly. It has served as a necessary reminder that humanity transcends politics, no matter how fervently that political opinion might be expressed.
Take, for example, tonight’s guest posting from that lover of all things platinum and black, our provocateur du droit and skeptic by way of Harvey Mudd, Le Bruno:
“Part of being human means experiencing hunger. Every day, we hunger for food, which we can easily alleviate with a nice meal. Spiritual hunger is a little more complex and not so easily satisfied. Though many seem to find spiritual comfort in traditional organized religions, that has never been the case for me. While most promote faith, I advocate skepticism. While others seek certainty, I embrace uncertainty.
The closest I come to spiritual peace is while listening to music. Certain artists and albums seem to take me to a higher plane, where it all makes sense — at least for a while. At the top of that list is Santana, whose 1972 effort, Caravanserai, remains near and dear to me and many others. The album was a sharp departure from his earlier work and marked the end of Neil Schon’s and Gregg Rolie’s time with the band. Though it wasn’t a huge commercial success, it was an artistic achievement of major proportions.
While every song is fantastic, from “Song of the Wind” to “All the Love of the Universe” to “Every Step of the Way,” I have selected “Waves Within” as my special song to represent my never-ending spiritual journey.”
– Jay Bookman