Soul Meets Body

Tonight in dusklight, Sweety and I were on Manitoba Provincial Truck Highway 59 on the way home from Grand Beach. We had set out from home late and didn’t arrive there until about 3:00 pm, then left the beach after 8:00. The sunset took us partway home before slipping below the horizon and making way for night. 

For those who don’t know Grand beach, it is in a provincial park of the same name. It has two beaches on the east side of Manitoba’s largest inland body of water, Lake Winnipeg (West Beach — more popular with young people, very crowded, and has food concessions and such; and East Beach — no services but usually fewer people, so it’s our go-to spot). Grand Beach is internationally renowned for its sand beaches; it’s a treasure that’s a little more than an hour from our home.

Our spot today at Grand Beach, a place where soul truly meets body. Photo © Steve West.

On the drive back, my Car Tunes playlist was on shuffle, and while the sun was still casting its golden orange light to our right, Death Cab for Cutie’s 2005 hit “Soul Meets Body” played. The song comes from the band’s fifth album, Plans, which was the first album of theirs I knew. The album solidified the mainstream success the group had achieved a first taste of with Transatlanticism (2003).  

I bought the Plans CD soon after it was released and used to listen to it a lot. It’s a brilliant album and deserves to be back in the rotation. I haven’t enjoyed any of their later works nearly as much as it.

“Soul Meets Body” seemed like a perfect song to hear on the way back from a lovely afternoon in the sand, sun and water:

“I want to live where soul meets body
And let the sun wrap its arms around me and
Bathe my skin in water cool and cleansing
And feel- feel what it’s like to be new”

(from “Soul Meets Body,” by Ben Gibbard)

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy. (And if you enjoyed this post, please click the “like” button or, better yet, leave a comment with your thoughts — I’d love to hear from you!)

This is the video for the song from Death Cab for Cutie’s official YouTube channel. Why not click on “thumbs-up” on the video if you appreciated the artists’ work… 

And here’s another video; this one is a live performance at radio station KROC in Rochester, Minnesota in the USA:

2 thoughts on “Soul Meets Body

  1. As a displaced Winnipeger who spent every summer @ Grand Beach I loved your description of what a special place it is. I can even remember the summer they opened East Beach – which gives away how old I am! ;-). Anyway, love your posts. Keep it up! P.S. I recently discovered The Weakerthans and after hearing One Great City on Sirius. Enjoying exploring their catalogue. Sorry about the Jets.


    1. Many thanks for your kind words, Garth! I didn’t spend summers there but enjoyed the occasional visit and, as you saw, still do! Stay safe and well.


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