Angelina: A Wrinkle in Time
Something impossible just happened.
Do you remember the song “Angelina”, on my Indigo album? The one that was inspired by a poster of a missing girl?
Well, the family of a girl named Angelina just contacted me…. She was a young Canadian girl who had been missing for a while, and then was lost to a drug overdose in 2017.
They had just discovered my song, and they were really touched by it. “How did you know our Angelina?!!” they said.
“I’m so sorry for your loss”, I responded, “but I didn’t know your Angelina. I never saw the name of the missing girl on the poster that inspired the song. The name just came into my head during the songwriting process. I actually wrote the song years ago, long before your Angelina went missing.”
“The timeline IS wrong,” they said…“but here’s the thing - look at this picture she drew! Angelina loved to draw and this was one of her ‘doodles’ that we kept and displayed at her funeral.”
I scrolled the page down to see the picture. And it instantly stood the hair up on the back of my neck.
Here is Angelina’s drawing.
Now scroll up to the top of the page and take another look at my album cover for the Indigo album (with the song “Angelina” on it).
I don’t know what this means. But I know what I’d like to think it means.
I’d like to think that it means that a girl who is no longer living on this earth can still somehow communicate her love to her family. It means that she can do it through a song that was inspired by an idea whispering itself in a songwriter’s ear half a decade before her death. Which means that our creativity comes from something bigger than us. And that time isn’t linear. And that when you’re gone, the essence of who you are still lives on.
Thank you, Angelina. Fly in peace.
Quote from Angelina’s mother, in response to my request to post about this: “I would be so honored if you posted something on your blog.I find the most healing days during my recovery are days spent speaking of Lina, capturing her story…in the hopes of it falling upon ears that trigger personal change....or at least leaving an impression or momentary impact, in whatever form that may be.”
Quote from Angelina’s uncle: “I don’t know if the Angelina in your song was our Angelina, but it is for me. When she was missing, no one slept…asking the same questions in your song. You’ve brought something special to our family, and it resonates with us in ways that I cannot describe.”