Chicken Skin Music: Gimme Shelter

Chicken Skin Music: Gimme Shelter

Have you ever heard the term “chicken skin music”? It refers to music that is so moving that it gives you goose-bumps. When I listen to this song, and I have listened to it a lot, it does just that, every time. I guess there is some part of me that really resonates with this rendition, the Rolling Stones did it originally and although I love them, their version didn’t make me feel this way.

I think it is the collaboration of all of these amazing artists from around the world, each with their unique sound and emotion pouring in to make this particular brew so potent. There is something about the laid back feel the ‘band’ provides combined with the urgency of the lyrics and the powerful delivery of the singers that I find almost hypnotic, and I’m thinking about the storm that’s threatening. It’s not threatening my life but my humanity. I am torn about what else I can do about the current crises of Syrian refugees, sure I’ve signed petitions, written letters, demonstrated but what else?
This is the power of music and what it can do. I think chicken skin music is an indicator, like a divining rod telling you something very deep is calling you. It may be just that you need to let the genie out of the bottle and see what that feeling is trying to tell you, maybe it’s just to let the wild woman (or man) out and dance furiously, or to dive down and retrieve some buried treasure of memory or emotion, maybe it is that you really want to do something that you have never done before.

I say go for it, let yourself be swept into the unchartered territory that chicken skin music takes you, throw caution to the wind and let your instincts run amok, let your spirit guide you and chances are you will contribute something of value to this planet.

What is your favourite chicken skin music?

All Things New

Well this is an interesting exercise. I’m just muddling my way through working out this word press thing and, as all new things can be, it’s a little challenging! The computer is a cold hard device that is not in the least bit forgiving, there is no way through except to bite the bullet and keep on trying with and occasional swear word to ease my pain 🙂

I had thought to just quickly set up the site and then I would be on my way to blogging heaven but alas, I got stuck the minute I began and though I want to pull my hair and run screaming I did the wiser thing and phoned a friend for help. Sometimes simply connecting with someone else in those very early stages when doing something new can bring me back on track instead of spiralling into ‘it’s all too hard’ territory.

I remember what it felt like to set up a facebook page, how hard it seemed to design a business card or make a poster. For my generation it doesn’t come naturally as we weren’t raised with this technology but I would say to anyone out there thinking “where on Earth do I begin?” – at the start, and just keep on going till you get there. Naturally, it’s going to be uncomfortable as all new things are outside of your comfort zone, and worrying about whether it’s good enough is bound to happen, but as they say…you’ve got to risk it to get the biscuit!

She was unstoppable