Unraveling Authenticity - The Don McLean Autumn Detox
A woman stands in a crowd at a concert.
Suddenly she freezes.
Is the singer on stage singing about her? Is he singing about the things she refused to tell to her boyfriend that morning? Why is he singing about her secrets - it feels as if he was reading her diary out loud in front of the world.
Shame flushes her body. She is exposed - naked in front of the whole crowd: Seen. Heard. Uncovered.
As she tries to make sense of this experience later on, she sits down and writes about her experience. She writes lines that will put a dent into pop music:
I felt he found my letters and read each one out loud
I prayed that he would finish
But he just kept right on
Strumming my pain with his fingers.
Singing my life with his words.
Killing me softly,
with his song.
The voice of the singer singing her life with his words belongs to Don McLean.
His tender ways to uncover what moves us underneath still reverberate today - his stories still make us feel seen.
The lessons of his songwriting still ring true: by exposing the vulnerable, the painful, and speaking about it we connect with others and their humanity. We go to the core - and learn to let go. We “Don Mac Lean” our lives. Just like autumn does.
In the autumn nature is shedding its leaves. All that doesn’t serve it pops up in magnificent colors to leave the system all together. Catharsis. Cleaning up.
With autumn showing how to let go all around us, maybe we can also learn from nature an do what autumn does best - by looking to the inside.
Learning from nature and timeless songwriting, here the Don McLean Autumn Detox:
What can I let go off? What can leave my system like leaves leaving a tree? What layer of my story was once helpful and can now fade?
And maybe there, where it feels uncomfortable - a deeper story emerges. A story that would make you feel the way Lori Lieberman
and Roberta Flack
felt, when they heard Don Mac Lean sing:
He sang as if he knew me
In all my dark despair
And then he looked right through me as if I wasn’t there
This story if shared will unravel your authenticity and may inspire the same for others. Maybe even inspire the next classic of modern music.
I prepared a playlist
to accompany you through the process of your own Don McLean Autumn Detox.
Wishing you a mindful week,