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Only one Song

Posted: August 10, 2016 in Uncategorized
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This morning on the radio, I heard at least 9 songs about love.  I heard about love found, love lost love remembered, young love and old love. There where songs about drinking and songs about family. The one topic that, there wasn’t a song about was worry. Worry is an interesting thing, it happens even for the most peaceful people. Everyone worries, worry sneaks in and brings with it an adrenaline rush and when there is to much worry it can make someone sick. There is nothing wrong with concern and a little bit of worry there is a problem with a constant state of anxiety. There is only one song I can think of that speaks about worry, that is the Bobby Mcfarlane song that goes “Don’t worry be happy” worry is the exact opposite of happy at least for Bobby.

I have heard people say that worry and happy cannot occupy the same space. I am not sure if I agree in that the human is a complex machine full of all kinds of emotions but I will say that worry tends to creep into and destroy people I encourage everyone to allow worry in their lives but use the rational mind to keep worry at bay. There is nothing wrong with concern that is addressed and handled. Worry lets us know where “the cracks in the damn are” worry should never stop us from fixing those cracks.

I would like to encourage you to worry a little and never let the worry steal your happiness or peace.

So do worry but just a little bit like maybe one songs worth or something.

peace

john3c

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If you have read any other posts you may recall that I enjoy listening to music in the morning on my i pad. I really love using the songza app to listen to streamed music http://www.songza.com . If you own an i phone, i pad or i pod and like music get this app. This morning though I couldn’t because my I pad was dead.  (Insert sad face here)

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I looked down at the I pad and saw the dead battery symbol then watched as the screen went to black. I imediately thought about my dads favorite song. American Pie by Don Mclean. I remember many days listening to the song sang by my dad while waiting at the school bus stop. At one time I had almost all the words memorized.

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There is a line in the song that says “The day the music died.” The rumor is that was the day that Buddy Holly died. Everyone has an opinion, trust me everyone has an opinion to this songs meaning. Just do a quick Google search for “the meaning to The American Pie lyrics” and you wil see everyone weighs in. Don Mclean wrote and performed American Pie in 1971 and fans throughout the ages have been entertained, confused and inspired to thought by the song ever since then.  The fact that there are many ideas and thoughts as to the songs meaning to me makes the song even better it is a wonderful mystery in that it is so close but so far away and can be applied to things like a legend in fiery plane crash, a beautiful woman with a raspy voice (Janis Choplin (I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news
But she just smiled and turned away )) and an I pad out of juice. Well played Mr. Mclean.

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You wrote a wonderful song I hope my children enjoy it as much as I and my father have. The song tells some of the story of America. Story telling is important. With each story we tell we pass to our children concepts like resolution, endurance, compassion joy and sorrow. We equip the next generation through the narrative so that hopefully they will not make the same mistakes  as our generation (the trial of the Chicago Seven and the Vietnam war (The courtroom was adjourned
No verdict was returned)). The list of his the story telling in this song goes on and on and, this morning I heard nothing, on account of the Ipad being dead but I remembered the song the story and as I got ready for work I smiled so thanks dad and thanks Mr. Mclean.  Enough with my words I leave the rest to the great song writer singer…

 

“American Pie”

[Intro]
A long, long time ago
I can still remember how that music used to make me smile
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And maybe they’d be happy for a whileBut February made me shiver
With every paper I’d deliver
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn’t take one more step

I can’t remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
But something touched me deep inside
The day the music died

[Chorus]
So bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
Singin’ “This’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die”

[Verse 1]
Did you write the book of love
And do you have faith in God above
If the Bible tells you so?
Now do you believe in rock and roll
Can music save your mortal soul
And can you teach me how to dance real slow?

Well, I know that you’re in love with him
‘Cause I saw you dancin’ in the gym
You both kicked off your shoes
Man, I dig those rhythm and blues

I was a lonely teenage broncin’ buck
With a pink carnation and a pickup truck
But I knew I was out of luck
The day the music died

[Chorus]
I started singin’ bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
Singin’ “This’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die”

[Verse 2]
Now for ten years we’ve been on our own
And moss grows fat on a rollin’ stone
But that’s not how it used to be
When the jester sang for the king and queen
In a coat he borrowed from James Dean
And a voice that came from you and me

Oh, and while the king was looking down
The jester stole his thorny crown
The courtroom was adjourned
No verdict was returned

And while Lenin read a book on Marx
A quartet practiced in the park
And we sang dirges in the dark
The day the music died

[Chorus]
We were singin’ bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
Singin’ “This’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die”

[Verse 3]
Helter skelter in a summer swelter
The birds flew off with a fallout shelter
Eight miles high and falling fast
It landed foul on the grass
The players tried for a forward pass
With the jester on the sidelines in a cast

Now the halftime air was sweet perfume
While the sergeants played a marching tune
We all got up to dance
Oh, but we never got the chance

‘Cause the players tried to take the field
The marching band refused to yield
Do you recall what was revealed
The day the music died?

[Chorus]
We started singin’ bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
And singin’ “This’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die”

[Verse 4]
Oh, and there we were all in one place
A generation lost in space
With no time left to start again
So come on, Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack Flash sat on a candlestick
‘Cause fire is the devil’s only friend

Oh, and as I watched him on the stage
My hands were clenched in fists of rage
No angel born in Hell
Could break that Satan’s spell

And as the flames climbed high into the night
To light the sacrificial rite
I saw Satan laughing with delight
The day the music died

He was singin’ bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
And singin’ “This’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die”

[Outro]
I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news
But she just smiled and turned away
I went down to the sacred store
Where I’d heard the music years before
But the man there said the music wouldn’t play

And in the streets, the children screamed
The lovers cried and the poets dreamed
But not a word was spoken
The church bells all were broken

And the three men I admire most
The Father, Son and the Holy Ghost
They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died

And they were singin’ bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
Singin’ “This’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die”

[Chorus]
They were singin’ bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
And singin’ “This’ll be the day that I die”

 

peace

John3c

 

“I like that song” I reply to the beautiful woman in the driveway as I kiss her goodbye. She is actually in a car in the driveway and the song is playing on the radio. I know you want to know so I will answer. The song is called “Springsteen” and is written and sang by Eric Church. Yes it is country and it is a really good song. Eric sings about how a song can bring you back to a certain moment in time and conjure up all the feelings involved with that time and person. You should give the song a listen it is worth your time and even a download to the ol I pod.

As she drives away I think about all the music that does this for me and then, as I often do I think about her and I wonder what music 2, 3 4 or 5 years from now will make me think of this moment here right now. I find it kind of funny that the music that may make me think of this moment could possibly be a song that is singing about music making you think about memories. 

I am not sure what songs will remind me of this beauty, however, I have noticed that when I hear that “Lady Antebellum” song “We own the Night” I picture myself with her at the concert. That concert was the perfect end to one of many perfect days with this woman. I am excited about other song\memories I will make and am making with her and I can totally relate to this song, which is probably why it is currently one of my favorites. I hope all, one,  of my readers learns to enjoy the moment but remember fondly the past with a song or a scent. Here’s to making memories.

 

peace

john3c

lyrics to one of my favorite songs

 
 

Eric Church – Springsteen Lyrics

 

Springsteen

To this day when I hear that song
I see you standin’ there all night long
Discount shades, store-bought tan, flip flops and cut off jeans
Somewhere between that set and the sun
I’m on fire, I’m born to run
You looked at me and I was done, just couldn’t stop.
I was singin’ to you, you were singin’ to me
I was so alive, never been more free
Fired up my daddy’s lighter, we sang oh woah woah
Stayed there till’ they forced us out,
Took the long way to your house,
I can still hear the sound of you sayin’ don’t go.

When I think about you, I think about seventeen
I think about my old jeep, I think about the stars in the sky
Funny how the melody sounds like a memory,
Like a soundtrack to a july saturday night.
Springsteen.

I bumped into you by happenstance,
Probably wouldn’t even know who I am
But if I whispered your name I bet, still be a spark.
Back when I was gasoline, and this old tattoo had brand new ink,
And we didn’t care what your momma thinks about your name on my arm.
Baby is it spring or is it summer,
The guitar sound or the beat of that drummer
You hear sometimes late at night on your radio.
Even though you’re a million miles away,
When you hear Born In The USA,
You relive those glory days so long ago.

When you think about me, do you think about seventeen
Do you think about my old jeep, think about the stars in the sky
Funny how the melody sounds like a memory,
Like a soundtrack to a july saturday night.
Springsteen.

Springsteen

(X2)
Oh woah woahh oh
Oh woah woahh oh
Oh woah woahh oh oh oh

Funny how the melody sounds like a memory,
Like a soundtrack to a july saturday night.
Springsteen
Springsteen
Oh Springsteen

(X4)
Oh woah woahh oh
Oh woah woahh oh
Oh woah woahh oh oh oh

 

Growing up  in a family with four kids and two adults as a youth I found myself traveling in my dads station wagon many times. We went to school in the morning soccer, volleyball, baseball games and practices. We took many rides to grandma’s and aunts and uncles houses.  Thinking about the car rides now I am surprised at just how much time was spent in the car. The time wasn’t that bad either one of the highlights of our time spent riding and waiting in cars would be without a doubt my dad singing to us. Dads song of choice was of course “American Pie” by Don Mclean.   The song was written in 1971 it is a great song. This was one of the first downloads I made on i tunes. If you haven’t heard the song you should download it you will love it.

By the time I was 12 years old I could plow through the first verse of the song. The lyrics are great! The song starts with “A long long time ago I can still remember when that music used to make me smile And I knew if I had my chance I could make those people dance.” See how cool is that? I will answer very! I like this part of the song a lot, because the thing is we will all get our chance to “sing” or lead and when we do I wonder what we will do and what will we make those people do?

peace

john3c