The dictionary’s definition of “friendship” describes “… a relationship that can linger in the memory like an appealing chord of music.”
It’s a remarkable thing about music: an invisible connection or universal relationship, we have with the artists and their work – bringing back memories special to our lives. Everyone’s memorable moments are different, but we share the same basic emotions.
My first memorable music moment is easy; it’s ‘Your Song’ by Sir Elton John. It was “my” love song to my wife – words that would intertwine our future lives together.
“It’s a little bit funny this feeling inside/
I’m not one of those who can easily hide
I don’t have much money but boy if I did/
I’d buy a big house where we both could live”
Funny, but after 34 years, including raising a family, we’re now leaving our grand old country home. Initially, it was an impossible dream; but today, we’re planning different dreams… adding new songs to our lives.
“So excuse me forgetting but these things I do/
You see I’ve forgotten if they’re green or they’re blue” [Your Song by Elton John]
Next, I’m sure people can relate to the celebrity deaths of Elvis, Buddy Holly, Patsy Cline, David Bowie, ‘Prince’ (to mention a few); but, the senseless murder of John Lennon stunned millions… such genius denied! As the de facto leader of the Beatles – the world’s greatest recording group – his death also meant the end of the beginning of his promising personal and professional comeback. And, it was Sir Elton’s memorable tribute, ‘Empty Garden (Hey, Hey Johnny)’ – expressing our feelings better than we could say them ourselves.
“He must have been a gardener that cared a lot/
Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop
And we are so amazed we’re crippled and we’re dazed/
A gardener like that one no one can replace”
Although Lennon was by no means perfect, his music became an articulate, passionate voice for a whole generation’s aspirations: including world peace…
“All we are saying is give peace a chance”
along with inner peace…
“Woman, I know you understand the little child inside the man/
Please remember my life is in your hands”– from ‘Woman’
But, it was Elton John’s/Bernie Taupin’s rendition song, ‘Candle in the Wind 1997’, which John performed at the funeral of Princess Diana at Westminster Abbey – a worldwide televised audience of two billion – that’s my most memorable music moment. The song’s sales reached ‘top 20’ status in Canada for three years – and later overall global proceeds, raised close to $300 million USD in support of her charities like landmine victims.
“Goodbye England’s rose/
May you ever grow in our hearts.
You were the grace that placed itself/
Where lives were torn apart”
“And it seems to me you lived your life/
Like a candle in the wind.
Never fading with the sunset/
When the rain set in”
Yes, music can bring back memories, but only we can measure the tears… the joy… the meaning to our lives: moments that will forever live within our hearts.
That’s the way I figure it. FP