I have a playlist of love songs but given the state of my…personal life let us say, well, listening to them could be a hit or miss proposition whether they’d make me feel good or trigger a depressive bout. I’d compare the music with my reality and…
Well, one of the things I’ve had to learn is that there are worse things than being alone. Much worse. As the late Robin Williams put it: “I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel alone.”
I’d kind of understood that intellectually, but until I actually grasped it on a visceral level it was just words. But once I did, I learned to appreciate where I am. If anything happens in my life, great. If not, that’s okay to because there are far, far worse places I could be. And once I really understood that, I could listen to the music without the need to compare the music with my life. I could simply enjoy the music.
So here’s some of it. The music tends to be simple, likewise the “story” of the song. Evocative imagery and powerful use of metaphor is used to evoke unrestrained emotion. The musical styles, indeed, are often not to my normal taste but the expression here makes them an exception to all my usual tastes.
I have heard it said that a good song is one you groove along to; a great song is one that grabs you, holds you so that you just sit there with goosebumps. This is one of those songs.
Remember, I grew up in a religion where the very idea of heaven was the ongoing, eternal continuation of love and family. I was still a believer in that religion when I first heard this one and it still has enormous power to move me. “If love never lasts forever, then tell me what’s forever for?”
This is actually a medley from a religious musical. I don’t have to believe the religion to enjoy the story–and the second part of this, the “Eternity is You” part? Wow!
And let’s wrap up with two of the most powerful (in my opinion) love songs ever written:
Now, excuse me while I go find some tissues. (Yes, I can be a sentimental softie sometimes.)