Universal Laws Do Apply Whether We're Aware Or Not

I just heard Lillian Lopez, the lead singer of the disco-era group Odyssey passed away. I don’t think I need to mention the power of the influence of art forms like music. This song definitely encouraged my desire to live in Manhattan when I listened to it as a child.

Whether I already wanted to move to NYC before I heard this song is undetermined, but I know it resonated with me. I could picture myself in a yellow taxi, see the bright lights of Times Square and imagine what it would look and smell like on the streets.

I wasn’t thinking about how I’d actually survive there or any practical concerns. A seed had been planted. Long before I’d even hear about or understand manifesting consciousness, I affirmed that I’d move to NYC upon graduating high school — and I did. Despite the discouragement of my family, namely my mother.

While I ran into a few problems that could have been prevented with better planning – which was thwarted because I had to stand firm against fear-mongering relatives – nothing ‘bad’ ever happened to me. I gained so much from my experiences and looking back, I see how God provided for and protected me through others.

It took all my strength and courage to assert how I wanted to live my life on my own terms back then. I didn’t realize what power I truly had in shaping my future. It is measured by our faith and action. How often do we wait for permission instead of ‘acting as if’? As we continue our life path let’s come into the realization we are where we’re supposed to be and will get to where we want to go in a continuing evolving cycle if we remain open and are patient.

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Since YouTube’s algorhythm makes suggestions based on the current video selected, Young Hearts Roam Free popped up. It’s a familiar song, having been used in various tv shows and movies over the years. Not to mention Candi Stanton being one of the original Disco Divas with a career spanning four decades.

I’ve played this song dozens of times, but today marks the first time I actually heard it. Again, this just reasserts the wisdom necessary for women to choose better/best instead of settling for less. Knowing the path and walking the path takes guts. I just had to walk away from a potential when it became clear he wasn’t ready for prime time.

One of the main reasons why certain people hated disco, was that it elevated the consciousness of women and voiced our perspective. The prevalence of black women who looked and sounded black (you get what I mean) delivering these messages was also not random. Here are the lyrics:

What’s the sense in sharing
This one and only life
Endin’ up just another lost and lonely wife
You’ll count up the years
And they will be filled with tears
Love only breaks up, to start over again
You’ll get the babies, but you won’t have your man
While he is busy loving every woman that he can, uh-huh
Say I’m gonna leave a hundred times a day
It’s easier said than done
When you just can’t break away
(when you just can’t break away)

[Chorus:]
Oh, young hearts run free
Never be hung up
Hung up like my man and me
My man and me
Ooooh, young hearts, to yourself be true
Don’t be no fool when love really don’t love you
Don’t love you

It’s high time now just one crack at life
Who wants to live in, in trouble and strife
My mind must be free
To learn all I can about me, uh-hmm

I’m gonna love me, for the rest of my days
Encourage the babies every time they say
Self preservation is what’s really going on today
Say I’m gonna turn loose a thousand times a day
But how can I turn loose
When I just can’t break away
(when I just can’t break away)

Oh, young hearts run free
They’ll never be hung up
Hung up like my man and me
You and me
Ooooh, young hearts, to yourself be true
Don’t be no fool when love really don’t love you
Don’t love you

Oh, young hearts run free
They’ll never be hung up
Hung up like my man and me
You and me
Ooooh, young hearts, to yourself be true
Don’t be no fool when love really don’t love you
Don’t love you

Oh, young hearts run free
They’ll never be hung up
Hung up like my man and me
My man and me
Ooooh, young hearts, to yourself be true
Don’t be no fool when love really don’t love you
Don’t love you

2 comments to Universal Laws Do Apply Whether We’re Aware Or Not

  • Formavitae

    I love that “Native New Yorker” song. Never knew who sang it.

    What disappoints me about this culture is that we talk AROUND problems rather than fully address them. I appreciate the opportunity to be honest about experience. But, when people REALLY CARE they focus on the actions necessary to RESOLVE issues (which I realize you’re advocating). I feel this culture actually PREFERS problems, because it really doesn’t value or even like good character. Good character would resolve most if not ALL of these issues. But, good character requires sacrifice, commitment, and fortitude--qualities only valued by this culture IN WORD. Oh well…

    Sorry about your potential. I’ve lost a “good” potential, in the past. I learned how much “goodness” needs to be backed up by STRENGTH and ACTION. As the scripture says, “Faith WITHOUT WORKS is dead.” I understand that better now.

    BE ENCOURAGED.

  • itsmeak

    Baz Luhmann's Romeo and Juliet exposed me to the Young Hearts Run Free song for the first time back in the 90s but I love disco and almost every genre of music from the 70s anyway really. I really love Cheryl Lynne's voice I think she was the best and I wish she were a popular R & B singer to this day but sadly R & B's very pop-py now and all the proper quality has gone out of it of course so Cheryl Lynne wouldn't fit in well with that.

    I love Evelyn Champagne King's songs too.