You’re sitting outside a little cafe. Maybe you’re alone, or maybe you’re with someone you care about deeply; a friend, a parent, a lover, or maybe a sibling or significant other. Regardless of the company, or lack thereof, you take a second to just appreciate this moment for what it is. You’re not thinking of work or errands to run. You’re just living in this perfect moment of contentment.
You close your eyes. You take in a couple deep breaths and feel the tension leaving your body as you exhale. It’s a warm, early summer morning. The birds are chattering in the trees and even the cars passing by seem to have some reverence for the moment as you take it in. A smile spreads across your face.
You open your eyes. If you’re alone in this imaginary scenario, you take a sip of your coffee or tea and continue to bask in the late morning sunlight as it peaks between an array of buildings and trees. It’s a perfect start to a perfect day. You might go home later and write about it in your journal or maybe you just keep it to yourself. It’s a day that is so perfect you don’t dare risk ruining its memory with words too imperfect to recount the sights, the sounds, and more importantly, the feelings.
If you’re with someone, they unknowingly and unwillingly reciprocate the smile on your face. Their face displays the slightest sense of bewilderment as they ask, “what’s up?” To which you respond, “nothing,” and continue smiling all the while as you take another sip of your drink. Again, a moment too perfect to share. It’ll be your little secret.
That’s Laufey’s music for me (according to her bio, pronounced lay-vay). It has the power to take you to another time or another place entirely. It reminds me of a simpler time. Her melodically hypnotizing voice and knack for storytelling transports you to a whole other world. One of fantasy, fairytales, love, and heartbreak.
Whatever it maybe be, for the length of a song, you will be anywhere but where you physically are. And let’s be honest, that’s probably work, and no one wants to be at work. Like me, as I write this from work.