Thursday, April 2, 2015
I like this song enough to have practiced playing it on the piano for several years now. I intended on playing/recording it, and giving the recording (just the music, no words) to my daughter for her 15th birthday as a sort of message...to enjoy her youth and all the discovery it brings. Frankly, I just never felt I was able to play it as perfectly as I wanted. Funny thing is...she has heard me playing/practicing it a thousand times!
Years ago, I watched a very good movie that dealt with extreme hardship and the hope of escaping that hardship and confinement, to finally live...to live in a way that recognizes and values freedom and to consciously appreciate the time we have on this earth...and the people in our lives. One of the lines from that movie (The Shawshank Redemption) was, "Get busy living, or get busy dying". I have reminded myself of that particular line many times since hearing it.
This song reminds me, in a similar way...to live. When I hear this song, I hear much of my life being sung about...youth, love, a family, crisis...and most of it is past tense.
It is a sweet tune...speaking to years passing in the blink of an eye, and of a finite life. I am reminded that we will always remember "15"... but we can never go back. It encourages me to value all of the years of my life and to live in the moment...and cherish the experiences and people that I encounter on the way to my..."100 years".
Have a listen.