When I first started dating my husband back in 1979, he was perplexed that a fairly intelligent chemistry major like me absolutely loved a song by Blue Oyster Cult called Don’t Fear the Reaper. Perhaps you know the song I’m talking about – it’s the one Will Ferrell made famous on Saturday Night Live in a skit that involved “MORE COWBELL!!!”
George and I have laughed about it many times over the years, yet he still becomes clearly annoyed every time I turn up the volume when it plays on the radio.
It wasn’t until this week, that my attraction to this song started making obvious sense. I do not and have never feared death. My belief system has everything to do with not being afraid and in living fully by trusting that there is eternal life. My Christian upbringing gave me the foundation for this belief system, yet over the years I have also come to know that the Source of all life loves us and lives within each of us. Why would any soul be allowed to die?
Releasing the fear of death is the path to more vibrant and joyful living. Encounters with the spirit world and with God have assured me of this time and time again. There is nothing but love and healing on the other side. That’s the truth!
Don’t Fear the Reaper played on the car radio the other day as I was driving with my husband and I was finally moved to ask him why he found the song so annoying (as I turned up the volume) . His response was,
“It’s that guitar solo! What a cacophony of nothing!”
I just burst out laughing, making a mental note to work that beautiful quote into one of my stories for a speech someday. How funny that it took 28 years of marriage to get clear on our differences about that song.
The lyrics AND the guitar solo work just fine for me. I’m sticking to my opinion and the song’s message of life eternal. You can listen to my old favorite through the link below.