Nothing Else Matters when Bif Naked is your muse

Bif Naked came into my life in an odd way, the leading edge of a wave of the odd, the uncanny, the revelatory. This song has a lot of meaning for me, coming as it did amidst upheaval, chaos and — ultimately — awakening. And she came right into the middle of something else.

I’ve had a soul-mate come in and out of my life every now and again over the past couple decades. We’ve tried the relationship thing a couple or three times, but that never seems to work out for us. Yet there’s an undeniable, inexplicable connection and from time-to-time we spend some time in each other’s lives.

So close no matter how far
Couldn’t be much more from the heart
Forever trust in who we are
And nothing else matters
 
Never opened myself this way
Life is ours, we live it our way
All these words I don’t just say
And nothing else matters
 
Trust I seek and I find in you
Every day for us something new
Open mind for a different view
And nothing else matters
 
Never cared for what they do
Never cared for what they know
But I know
 
So close no matter how far
Couldn’t be much more from the heart
Forever trusting who we are
And nothing else matters
 
Never cared for what they do
Never cared for what they know
But I know
 
I never opened myself this way
Life is ours, we live it our way
All these words I don’t just say
And nothing else matters
 
Trust I seek and I find in you
Every day for us something new
Open mind for a different view
And nothing else matters
 
Never cared for what they say
Never cared for games they play
Never cared for what they do
Never cared for what they know
And I know (yeah!)
 
So close no matter how far
Couldn’t be much more from the heart
Forever trust in who we are
No nothing else matters

~ Metallica

She has an uncanny way of being there when I need a shake-up. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say, she catalyzes it. She was there amidst all the revelations and chaos, and amidst all the Bif and Sheryl Crow and Veda Hille I was listening to at the time. If she hadn’t been there, I’m not sure I’d have been able to get through all the changes, all the healing, all the revelation and transformation. I found strength in her presence, and encouragement when I needed it most.

When I say she was there, I mean in a spiritual sense. We weren’t seeing each other at the time, but spending hours on the phone and doing the new-fangled epistolary exchanges of email, trading Facebook hearts, flowers and kisses, posting music and enigmatic status messages. As usual, it was brief, intense, ecstatic, heart-wrenching and, ultimately, a time of immense growth and a gripping reminder of the exquisite and wondrous possibilities of love and spiritual connection.

In the center of it all was this song along with a few others from Bif, Sheryl and Veda. No other song, though, speaks to those possibilities with more intensity than this one.

I love that feeling. I love having it. I love feeling the possibility of having that feeling. I also love being able to “just be” in the presence of my soulmate. There’s a comfort between us now that stays within the rhythm and melody of the song. We opened our minds to a different tune, and found the harmony. Looked at from this new perspective, the lyric has every bit as much meaning.

Nothing Else Matters would come again just a few months later, this time attached to someone new. And it was also an epistolary connection. It was every bit as intense, ecstatic, passionate, every bit as much a time of growth, healing and transformation. I look back and know that my life was richer for exploring the possibility then, and I am better for it now.

Nothing else matters…. That feeling had come before. It will come again. When I open my heart to a different tune, I feel it in the here and now.

btw: this is a cover of Metallica’s original and while it’s fairly faithful to at least one of the live renditions I’ve heard of it, orchestration and all, there’s just a little something extra special about the vulnerability in Bif’s more plaintive voice. There is strength in vulnerability, and bravery in opening your heart to all the possibilities of love, passion and connection.

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  1. Christy says:

    So when I originally clicked through this link I thought it was an ad page and didn’t stay. Then I had a moment to take a closer look. Wow. Love the concept of your whole site. Unfortunately, this is the only post I’ll be able to get to today but wanted to leave a thought anyway. Besides the fluidity and intimacy of your commentary, the song is soul stirring. The artist is new to me and I plan to check out more of her work.

    • Peter says:

      Eeep! An ad site! lol

      I’ll have to work a bit on that. Gary and I are trying to earn at least some of our income through this, so ‘monetising’ the site is a necessity. Still, making a buck is the secondary goal, and the site should appear that way.

      I’m grateful that the content and concept won out. Thanks for giving us a second chance.

      Bif is typically labelled ‘Punk’, though that moniker has more to do with her appearance than her eclectic playlist. She easily ranges from anthemic rock pieces like I Love Myself Today to the poppy ‘girls just wanna have fun’ tune Tango Shoes then turn it all around to soulful ballads such as Nothing Else Matters and Everyday, a song she penned after being diagnosed with a heart aneurism. I think you’ll like that one. 🙂

      She’s a Vancouver girl now, was born in New Delhi then raised in Kentucky and Manitoba. Like me, it seems, she was not so much born to travel as born travelling.

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