While mention of the law of attraction runs the risk of finding you labelled a Yanni-enthusiast or closet-reptoid it’s actually pretty easy to find occurrences if you’re looking for them. This works great for messianic rock stars looking to leave legacies of their prophetic glory. Whether you number yourself among the true believers or opt for a more skeptical approach, these musicians may have manifested their own destinies or in the case of our first rock legend, the destiny of popular music.
The level of prophecy that you find in Jim Morrison’s music may directly correlate with your level of inebriation so who’s to really say what he was foreseeing in those Doors spoken word tracks. But you really can’t argue with a statement he made, very clearly and concisely, in a 1969 interview when he calmly proclaimed “(the new generation’s music) might rely heavily on electronics…tapes. I can kind of envision maybe one person with a lot of machines, tapes, and electronics set up singing or speaking…using machines.”
Granted Kraftwerk were just a few years away from this and Brian Eno would soon be screwing around with walls of ancient synthesizers dressed like a spaceman so Morrison may have figured out which way the wind was blowing just by being behind the scenes as an established artist. But how could he tell the public would embrace it to the level we see it at today?
Jim Croce and His Family
Though one could argue there’s nothing more grotesque than dubstep, our next incident definitely registers as eerie. Jim Croce’s folk rock single “I Got a Name” was released on September 21, 1973, the day after Croce died in a charter jet crash an hour after playing a show. While the lyrics to “I Got a Name” don’t blatantly predict his death, they do often point to a spiritual journey of sorts. In reference to the name that his father left him, Croce proudly states “if it gets me nowhere, I’ll go there proud” and “if you’re going my way, I’ll go with you.” But it’s the chorus that resonates with a sad prescience in the context of the single’s release syncing with Croce’s death: “moving me down the highway, rolling me down the highway, moving ahead so life won’t pass me by.”
Iggy Pop and David Bowie
On a somewhat lighter note, Iggy Pop used the law of attraction to his benefit. When Iggy joined David Bowie in Berlin, they were broke and trying to kick their habits. The law of attraction advises us to focus on positivity and rather than wallow in an all-time low, Iggy wrote the song “Success.” This track is almost like a “How To” guide on using the law of attraction for personal gain. The lyrics are rather simple, beginning with the repeated mantra “Here comes success.” Then, it actually goes into a wants list of material items: “Here comes my car”; “Here comes my Chinese rug.” It even acknowledges his situation with a reinforcement of his focus on positivity: “In the last ditch I’ll think of you.” “Success” ended up on the Lust For Life album which was not only critically acclaimed but deemed Iggy’s most commercially successful record.
But perhaps the most jarring example of artists creating their futures are the signs leading up to the death of glam rocker Marc Bolan. Bolan died in a car crash in September of 1977, 2 weeks prior to his 30th birthday. Despite the fact that Bolan couldn’t drive, he obsessively wrote songs about cars or mentioned cars during strings of surreal lyrics. He often mentioned that he wouldn’t live to see the age of 30. But the unsettling idea that he attracted the “when” and the “how” of his death is stamped all over his body of work. In his biggest single “Bang a Gong (Get it On)” he mentions a “hubcap diamond star halo” marrying images of cars and an angelic afterlife. This is re-emphasized in the lyrics to “Celebrate Summer” in which it seems he references his time of death in the lyric “Summer is heaven in ’77.” In “Solid Gold Easy Action”, he uses the line “Easy as picking foxes from a tree.” The license plate of the car he was in at his death was FOX 661L and Bolan died when the car careened off the road into a tree. In a very early demo entitled “The Road I’m On (Gloria)”, Bolan sings “The road I’m on won’t carry me home.” Gloria Jones (who Bolan hadn’t met at the time of writing the tune) was behind the wheel on that fatal night.
If you believe in the law of attraction, it’s more surprising how little we notice this phenomenon in popular music. It could be that artists are singing lyrics that they relate to more personally than universally so the attractive properties remain hidden. Regardless, these tales can serve as a reminder that we often get back what we put out so it may pay to take Iggy Pop’s lead (advice that’s probably not given that often).