Today being the first day of my move to full-time author, I thought I'd work at improving a few things. The first thing I'm committing to is my blog. The people that are successful bloggers have one thing in common. They actually blog...and often. Not just here and there, but a real commitment. I put down on note cards this morning a week of daily blogging ideas and today is the beginning.
I've decided to dedicate Monday's to Music: Songs that hold special meaning in my life. Songs that transcend time. Memories of people and places, good and bad.
Monday’s song has been talked about a lot around at my house lately and came up again yesterday on the ride back to Cleveland from our Lake house in Jackson, MS. It rolled from my playlist into the SUV and my daughter said she liked the song and wanted to know who sang it. She’s only ten and I’m sure hearing her Dad rattle on about Tears for Fears meant nothing to her, but the fact that she took an interest in the song started a conversation that had my husband and me beaming with delightful memories.
I've been with my husband for 17 years now and there are several songs that hold special meaning for me during those years, but none probably more profound than - Tears for Fears: Woman in Chains
Early in our dating life when he was doing part of his surgical residency in St. Louis at Washington University/Barnes Jewish Hospital and living in a fantastic loft (God we loved that place) in the Central West End, we started our lives together. Back then everything was new for us. It was a melding of two lives. We had similar taste in a lot of things, food, music, movies and traveling. However, when it comes to music, I have to give credit where credit is due.
I’ve been a music buff forever and until I had children, rarely turned on the TV. I love music and my current playlist is pretty eclectic. But my husband has me beat on an eclectic love of music. He has turned me on to the likes of The Smiths, The Mighty Lemon Drops, The Cure, Echo & The Bunnymen, the incredible KD Lang, and many more artists.
What you say? The Cure? I know many of you have heard songs by some of these bands, probably their mainstream songs, but how about the pinnacle music that never makes the radio. I loved Tears for Fears, but I'd never heard Woman In Chains. It's actually a bonus song on The Seeds of Love Album.
My boyfriend, now husband, put a set of high-end headphones on me and said something simple like, "I want you to listen to this song." I thought nothing of it, but when the song rolled, it was shuttering and unforgettable. I remember it like it was yesterday.
Oleta Adams, from Kansas City, is an amazing compliment to Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. It grabs you deep in the soul and holds you captive. It’s enchanting!
Everyone has songs that are magical for them. This is just one of mine. Enjoy.