There are two stones I carry around with me every day. One is a rock crystal. ‘One love, one love,’ sings Cleo Sol when I hold it in the palm of my right hand. I feel the warm energy it gives me. Its vibrations radiate through each of my limbs. The other is an amethyst. I don’t often look at it. I just like to know it’s there at the bottom of my bag, or in my pocket. It’s reassuring and comforting, like Blossom Dearie’s “Tout Doucement”. ‘N’allez jamais trop vite, vous avez tout le temps, attention à la dynamite’ (don’t go too fast, you’ve got all the time in the world, watch out for the dynamite) sings Blossom. With my amethyst, I dance down life’s path, calling love to me ‘en flânant gentiment’ (whilst gently strolling). I feel every sparkle in the theme of a track like Bobby Hutcherson’s “Inner Glow”. Yes, with my amethyst I radiate from within.
Although the reality is that, in actual fact, three stones accompany my daily life. For around my neck I wear a drop of labradorite. It protects me and absorbs negative energy around me. Then, I can hear the junkies addicted to love and introspection. Frank Ocean’s “Dear April”, Diggs Duke’s “Something In My Soul”, BADBADNOTGOOD’s “Goodbye Blue” and Solange’s “Rise”. ‘Walk in your ways, so you can wake up and rise!’, sings the Knowles sister. And then there’s the “Black Dog”, chased away by Arlo Parks. These few songs are like ramparts around my mind – a place often plagued by dark thoughts.
Oh, I forgot my malachite bracelet! Malachite makes me a being at one with my emotions, maintaining balance even with those buried deep inside. And my emotions flow so well with the ambient jazz of Jon Hassell...
I also forget my rings. One of them, set with amber, is a healing token, both physical and mental. So I try to think about my healing, to visualise it. I dance to the electro of Computer Data or In Love With A Ghost’s cartoon-y atmosphere. You have to smile in order to heal. And how could I do without the call of Leonard Cohen? Then there is my other ring, set with lapis lazuli. This stone has an intense blue colour and tiny white spots. It is my stone. The one I need the most next to rose quartz and moonstone. This magical trio corresponds to a renewal of self-confidence; to the love and tenderness found in this world; and to the care given to my feminine self, respectively. So, after a period of healing, let’s go for a walk with James Blake who reminds us that, somewhere, someone finds us precious; that we can love again with Roberta Flack; and then let’s gauge our feminine power against that of Joni Mitchell, Annette Peacock, Jill Scott, Joy Jones, Carmen Lundy and Clare Maguire.
In a few corners of my home and at the foot of my bed, some stones vibrate invisibly... aquamarine, turquoise, howlite, and more. I live with these energetic stones, these minerals, as companions. They help me dance down the path of my existence. And they give me love. Solar love.