I've been mulling this one over for awhile, and though admittedly it's not an original idea, I really want to take a crack at/challenge myself to complete a soundtrack for all 78 cards of the tarot. Why? I love music, I love tarot and I love the way in which lyrics combined with melody can create layers of meaning and emotion in a way that other forms of expression cannot. I also think it would be a really interesting way to understand each card on a new level. So I hope this series will help those just starting out with tarot to build upon their current understanding of this tool. And I hope for those who have been doing this awhile, that it will at least be interesting and get you thinking about other songs that also capture the essence and energy of each card. It also gives me an opportunity to share music I love and spend time discovering new artists and tracks too!
So without further ado, let's begin, shall we? Card 1 (or 0 more accurately) is the Fool. The Fool represents such things as freedom, adventure, naivety, taking chances, youth and beginnings. While it took me quite a while to select the card to kick this series off, I eventually found myself revisiting the Illinois album from Sufjan Stevens and knew Chicago was the one.
Artist: Sufjan Stevens
It starts off on a literally high note, escalating to full on symphony; upbeat, optimistic and exciting. The essence of the song speaks to abandoning stability and being okay with all of the mistakes that come from leaving what was, to find something new. There is an air of melancholy, but optimism seems to reign and capture some elusive space where endings and beginning exist in tandem. Stevens trails off at various points in the song repeating the phrase "I made a lot of mistakes, I made a lot of mistakes", and like the fool, we know her journey isn't going to be flawless. The music blasts like the sun blazes down on the Fool inviting him to wake up, start fresh and take a chance. Even if the voyage is a haphazard and muddled attempt to find herself, the appeal of the journey ahead is too damn good to pass up.
What song(s) do you think capture the energy and essence of The Fool? I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas - leave a comment below and let me know! In the meantime, I'll be working away coming up with a track that will hopefully do the Magician proud. See you next time!