‘God is a DJ’ is a song
I used to find
As if God would want us all
to the thumping beats inside
some grimy club, and no doubt high
on one or other drug.
Later on, however, I realised that this song
might have another meaning:
If God is a DJ, then it follows that
music must be divine.
At times, God IS a DJ, God is
coming over the airwaves
keeping you within the white lines
on the right side
of the road
and just in time.
© Experimentsinfiction 2020, All Rights Reserved
This is a slightly exaggerated retelling of a real experience: I wasn’t actually considering driving my car on the wrong side of the road (I would never want to hurt anyone else, even in my darkest hour); but I was feeling pretty desperate. And in my blackest moment this wonderful song started to play, reminding me to ‘take a sad song/and make it better.’ I’m posting this for dVerse Open Link Night. I’ll hand over to Lennon and McCartney now, for who could say it better:
I don’t know much about poetry to be honest but that’s great.
Thank you, I’m pleased you enjoyed it!
Really beautiful! And the perfect song…
Thank you Linda 😊
“As if God would want us all
to the thumping beats inside
some grimy club, and no doubt high
on one or other drug.”
You mean, he doesn’t??? I’m shocked.
Jokes aside, this is a beautiful and heartbreaking piece. In our darkest moments and times, music can help and even pull us back from the edge. Very visceral and emotional, Ingrid. I hope all is well with you.
Much love. <3
🤣🤣🤣 why was I imagining God as a spoilsport?
Thank you for your kind words: we all have bad days and difficult times, but with a little bit of magic we make it through ❤️
You are right, Ingrid – music is divine, especially if it’s by The Beatles or Joni Mitchell!
Oh, I agree! Amen 🙏
Music, like poetry and all the arts are definitely the divine spark expressing itself. The last lines are really gripping and powerful.
You say it simply but beautifully. I’m struck by how the most profound poetry is expressed with brevity and yet such scope as to embody the deepest truth, which I think you do here. Can you tell I loved this yet? 😀❤️❤️
I’m so glad you did! It means a lot to me ❤️😊❤️
If only we can remember to “let it into [our] heart[s] / then [we] can start to make it better, better, better, better,…”
Thank you Ingrid.
You’re welcome, Ron.
Who sang ‘Last night a DJ saved my life’? Was it Diana Ross? This must be a thing, but I can quite believe it.
Love those opening lines!
I thought of that song too! But I like the Beatles better 😊
I’m not a Beatles fan, but I can’t imagine anyone having their life saved by the other song (whoever sang it)!
Music and poetry speak to our souls. I don’t know anything about god, but what a story. It is an inspiring song, and I can see how hearing it or some other song at just the right time could influence or change someone’s mood or behavior. Thank you for reminder.
You’re most welcome, Merril.
Anything music-based has my vote. I think God is THE D.J. that we all dance to. Great poem and so glad Lennon and Macca came to your rescue.
I agree – We need to keep dancing through life.
2nd try at commenting. Any music-themed poem has my vote. Glad Lennon-Macca were there for you!
I got both-maybe WP playing up though – sorry!
For me, music has always been Divine! 🙂 But, wow….It saved your life literally! I remember at the end of a semester in college, after challenging final exams and many late nights that stretched into early mornings cramming….we put on “We’ve Gotta Get Our of This Place, if it’s the last thing we ever do….” Dylan? I remember all of us in the hallway, ouside our dorm rooms, just screaming/yelling/singing with the song! Music does that to you… 🙂
Ah what a happy, liberating memory! For me it was Nina Simone singing ‘I shall be released’ while working on an Art project…
I love this. Such a beautiful thoughtful write.
Music is divine,
Thank you 😊
Music heals so many ills, repairs so many broken hearts, soothes so many troubled spirits. Good write!
Yes thank God we have it!
Music got me through 13 weeks of boot camp in 1966, and it propelled me from LA to Seattle, and back a dozen times, and it got me through thousands of commutes for work–Beatles, Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen.
They’d all be on my playlist 👍
Music has saved me on more than one occasion. (K)
I’m glad to hear it!
Love this! Music … along with the wings of poetry most certainly speak to the soul 🙂 it’s how we roll 💝
Yes they’re so closely related aren’t they? I’m just no good at writing music 🤣
There’s nothing better than music and poetry, Ingrid. And I am enjoying your splendid piece with a lovely glass of red wine.
Thanks so much: cheers 🍷
interesting thoughts … so glad this song saved you!
It brings back many memories for me .. it was the first record we ever had
Great post. The Beatles are still my favourite group.
I like this, Ingrid. I can hear God saying “take a sad song and make it better”
So true! Music is also about the beat and timing and I think when we listen God will play his song for us. Great song here!
Thank you Tricia 🙏
Yes! Hey Jude my anthem, fixes what ails me ~ every time.
Wonderful choice of song Ingrid! Apparently one of the belter known songs that rein high during the drug scene era of yesteryears.
Wonderful choice of song Ingrid. Goes well with your words! A great group, the Beatles!
Such a great song and I can always count on your candid truths that make you so loveable. Thank God for the Beatles!!! They were God! ❤️❤️❤️❤️Cindy
According to John Lennon they were bigger…😅 thanks Cindy 😊❤️😊
I don’t doubt that! They sure did bring so much good to our world! 🥰
Music is magic :)) Hey Jude is my all time favorite!
A good choice! You can’t go too wrong with the Beatles + Shakespeare 😊
True that haha :))
Wonderful post, Ingrid. I love the poem and the chosen song,” Hey, Jude.” Another Beatles song that is a favorite of mine is “Imagine.” Both seem written for our times. <3 All the best!
Oh yes, another excellent song and a lesson we could all do with learning!
You know, there are so many metaphors for G-d – king, shepherd, parent etc., and I’ve really not found any of them satisfying. I think G-d as the DJ is the first metaphor that really speaks to me. The musical energy present in all, setting the beat, the divine beauty of music…I really love this.
I’m pleased you enjoyed it! I find the same with poetry as well.