Last night, my friend and fellow Tears for Fears soulmate, Karen Cate, decided to cast a “digital message in a bottle” hoping that somehow it would find its way to Roland. Karen and I have an uncanny and downright mystical connection through Roland. Roland was born 13 years before Karen; and I, 13 years after Karen. That’s 3 generations of Tears for Fears…3 generations of music that has transformed and touched lives.
Call it astrology, magic – it is in some ways. After all, we are made of the heavens and the earth; our human bodies are made up of 61.8 percent water with a 93% mass of stardust.
Or thought of simply, Roland’s words and melodies have had the power of shaping the lives of three generations. When Karen and I get together to listen to Tears for Fears or play TFF songs on the guitar, it’s like looking into a cosmic mirror. Sometimes, we are transported back to moment that a Tears for Fears song first touched us; other times, the songs provide an escape from the less than ideal lives we live (not by choice, but by societal and financial imprisonment e.g., The Prisoner).
Without a reliable mailing or email address, we hope that Neptune will somehow deliver this message to Roland. Even if the Fates ‘return message to sender,’ there is no harm done. If anything, Karen’s message is a constant and concrete testament to the power of music.
Fellow TFF fans, I hope you will take a minute to read and help guide Karen’s message along its digital journey to Roland:
Strange how this is its very own sea song…