Hi everyone. Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing. But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?
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I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.
One of my favorite scenes in the movie “You’ve Got Mail” is when Meg Ryan’s character, Kathleen Kelly, is talking about how when she was a kid she helped her mother in the bookstore she now owns. “I used to watch her and it wasn’t that she was just selling books. It was that she was helping people become whoever it was they were going to turn out to be because when you read a book as a child, it becomes part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.” I think the exact same thing is true about the music you hear when you are young, first as a child then as a teenager.
I first heard today’s song when I was a kid, probably around eight years old. I remember thinking it was so sad and yet so beautiful at the same time. I really felt bad for the man singing that he did not have love in his life. I recall thinking as only a child could that love was easy to find and why this poor guy did not have it was a mystery to me. I felt his sadness but I also felt the beauty of his words. I was captivated by both the singer and the song.
As I got older, I learned Neil Young recorded this song in 1971 when he was just 25 years old. I fell even more in love with his words and admired the brevity he mastered in telling a heartbreaking story in such an eloquent way. It was my first introduction to a more acoustic sound than I had heard before. I was enthralled by how much power there was in just a voice, a guitar, and a harmonica. The last chorus featured some additional voices which were two of the best of that decade-James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt- which only added to the elegance of what Young created in this gorgeous piece of music. I loved this song then and I love it now. It is one of my top ten favorite songs of all time, as are many others that I first heard as a child.
Neil Young circa 1979 (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
Neil Young: “Heart of Gold” (1972, written by Neil Young).
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