Stick Figures

We Spin Out Like Galaxies

imageThere is likely a point in your life when you were alone under the night sky, and you felt its pull.  You were on a roof, in a pool of water, or simply looking out a window.  Regardless, you can put yourself back there because that was a moment you felt…something.  That underlying buzz.  Personally, I was always a window-watcher, but when the weather was right, I’d go out and bounce on the trampoline in the moonlight.  As an adult, it’s harder to find time to get to that reflective place where my mind spins out into the twinkling darkness.  If I can find the time to stargaze, I listen to music.  Atmospheric songs like “Bulletproof” by Radiohead ignite my memories and take me back to age thirteen when my brain was more plastic and forming its own thoughts about the complexity of everything.

I’m curious–where you or are you still a stargazer?  How do you get back to that place–with music?  If so, what are you listening to?  Does it help to inspire your writing?

Michelle Joyce Bond

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33 thoughts on “We Spin Out Like Galaxies

  1. This is such a dreamy post. 😀
    I’m forever a stargazer. I don’t think that bit of me ever left. Part of me always remains curious about this planet we live on & all that surrounds it. Guess it’s the dreamer in me.

    1. Have you ever taken astronomy? That curiosity was so strong in me that I wound up taking two semesters of it in college, and now, I love reading nonfiction books on the subject aloud with my class. Kids eat it up. 🙂

      1. Hey, my middle school had a planetarium, too! The instructor, who was close to retirement, was a amazing and used to like to tell us about the time she met Einstein as a girl. Ah, memories. 🙂

  2. I was always amazed at how the stars are so much more visible in northern Michigan as opposed to southern. It’s like you can reach out and grab them. See them, be still, be humble.

    1. It might sound silly, but I find them endlessly inspiring. You can set a story there or one in which your characters feel small under that great expanse. It’s kind of like…a reflecting pool. 🙂

      1. I had my first telescope when I was six. I don’t get out these days to do any viewing, but I love keeping up with what’s happening in space, and learning about the strange things we’re finding there.

  3. I too love watching the stars – it’s that wonderful feeling of being such a small part in the universe. I have to say, though, that I’ve not been as keen as I probably should be on accompanying my husband on his recent attempts to photograph the night sky… far too much standing around in the cold while he fiddles with aperture settings. Hoping the new hobby lasts until the summer months!

  4. Music is definitely a time machine for me. Nothing takes me back more quickly than a song–back to my teens, back to college, back to when my kids were babies. Our own personal Tardis. 🙂

      1. How true. I often think how intriguing it would be to go back and chat with my 17-year-old self. I guess that’s what journals are for. Too bad I never kept any. 🙂

  5. I was six years old when I awoke in the middle of the night. My family was sound asleep. I walked outside and saw this incredible view of the night sky…all brilliant. I even saw a shooting star. And the moonlight was silver. It was a perfect moment in time. I love to stargaze still. And my music? Lately I’ve been listening to Billie Holiday. What I’m writing has nothing to do with Billie. It just puts my brain in the zone.

      1. there’s a reason I remember. About a year later major myopia hit. I couldn’t see the broadside of a barn. That night stands out as a time I saw stars as pinpoints of light…and then…wham…eyeglasses.

      2. That stinks! I had a stigmatism since early childhood and always had huge glasses. Luckily one eye is very strong, so I can still see okay without them…but I don’t like to go too long.

  6. Most of my muse revolves around music in isolation and where I can roam. I’m a pacer (I creep people out if I do it in public). I’d say the rest comes from night-time driving or while showering, neither of which can safely support a laptop and both draw (unfortunately) on limited resources.

    My family still thinks I’m crazy for timing 5-hour road trips down I-40 from like 10pm to 4am, but it’s serenity to me.

    If ever I get a trampoline though, I’m going to try that. That sounds like a nice way to blend Creativity and Awesome in a Creatively Awesome way.

  7. I stargazed for a while at night after everyone went to sleep, on my back in the courtyard of an orphanage I helped expand in Tijuana, Mexico in 2005. I can’t get back to that place, though I wish I could lol

    1. That sounds like it must have been amazing! Whenever I get out of New Jersey, I try to get in a lot a sky. I’ve got stargazing in an incredibly remote are (Australian outback?) on my bucket list. 🙂

  8. I would say I am still am a stargazer, metaphorically, if not literally.

    In general, finding “that place” requires stimulus that grounds me in the present. As I get older, achieving such grounding is increasingly difficult as responsibilities and other distractions are everpresent.

    Maybe it’s partially due to my hearing and tinnitus getting worse, but I need something stronger than music listening these days (it’s too passive). The most effective strategies for me appear to be running, playing music, or coding (once I can get the flow started).

    1. It’s interesting to hear this because I notice a difference even now from when I was younger, and I’m in my late twenties. I’m sure I’ll need a combo of exercise and music ad I get older. Hmmmm…makes me think I should get back to yoga. 🙂

  9. I listened to smooth jazz while writing my first book. It’s the only music I could listen to while writing. But in November a friend and I discovered a quaint Tibetan shop while touring the art galleries in Santa Fe. The atmosphere was so tranquil – the earthy smell, the trickling sound of water and the Tibetan healing music that played over the speakers – I thought, I want my home to feel exactly like this. So, back at home, I pulled up Tibetan music on Pandora and have listened to nothing else since. It’s heaven. 😉

    Wonderful post. I love stargazing too 😀

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