Helllllllo, Spiritual Friends! For this post, we will be going on a personal journey back in time. We are going all the way back to 2005- my influential teen years. Music has always been a BIG player in determining the present state of my emotional stability (or instability, in some cases.) When I was 15, I was beginning to seriously challenge religious constructs by asking those tough questions that Juan and I talk about Here. Because this occurred during my fragile and tumultuous teen years, it is only natural for this metamorphosis to be accompanied with a series of albums. For starters: Sufjan Steven’s Illinois album.
Sufjan Stevens is a beautifully talented individual. Rumored to be an INFJ (we would share the same MBTI lettuhs, obvi), Sufjan is a lone musician who features as vocals + all instruments. His lyrics are always raw and always relatable, especially for us Spirit’chl folk. He has this intuitive ability to balance religion & spirituality by challenging and respecting the norms. My personal fav song on this album? “Casimir Pulaski Day”
I cannot tell you how many times I sat in my childhood bedroom and just stared off into space with this song playing in my ear. Sufjan tells the story of a friend’s loss, and how this challenged his normative belief system. How can you not obsess over lyrics like:
and the complications you could do without,
when I kissed you on the mouth.
we lift our hands and pray over your body,
but nothing ever happens.