Body and Soul

I’ve learned that if you dissect the hell out of something, you risk destroying it. Sure in the realm of science and research, analysis is a good and necessary thing. But in a person’s individual life – in their delicate, emotional, capricious, illogical emotional universe – too much inquiry, too much examination, has a ruinous effect. It deflates highs, creates confusion, and invents “issues” that may not actually exist.

In recent days, I have been stirred . . . thrillingly, blissfully, in body and soul. They are one, you know. Body and soul. To split them up is to commit a kind of dismemberment on ourselves. Our thoughts, feelings, and bodies together comprise a convoluted yet dazzling web. We are living, breathing latticework, where everything is connected, responding to ethereal forces and stimuli, both external and internal. It’s a glorious mess. It’s twisted and consuming, often distracting. Right now I’m swimming in the warmth, the awakening, the stirring. And there’s no way in hell I’m going to tamper with it. 🙂

In an appearance on the 1970s TV program “Frank Sinatra – A Man and his Music”, this is the great Ella Fitzgerald (my late father’s favorite  jazz singer), performing “Body and Soul”:

9 thoughts on “Body and Soul

  1. dougrogers says:

    This is just a suit put on
    a filter for sensations
    no one inside
    full and empty
    only everywhere
    inside and outside
    at the same time.

    Pain of bowing puts the me back home.

  2. Good for you, kid, enjoy!!!

  3. fred says:

    I actually can’t think of a better proof that body and soul are one and inseparable than the voice of Ella Fitzgerald!

  4. Bruce says:

    Sounds wonderful to me, the glorious chaos of life, proof of being alive

  5. KLFoster says:

    What a wonderful and magnificent posting..truly the stuff of life! Reading your words while listening to Ella sing..what a package! feels as if every hair on my head is standing on end.

    • artmodel says:


      So good to hear from you! This post, particularly Ella’s magnificent voice, really seems to have had an effect on you, and I’m glad 🙂 Yes, her singing does give the chills. Absolutely love her.

      Thanks for your comment!


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