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.
I have adored Rod Stewart since the first time I heard “Maggie May”. I even love his earlier stuff when he was with Jeff Beck and then The Faces. Stewart was another artist who reinvented himself once music videos were introduced. It would be extremely hard for me to narrow down only one song of his as my favorite. I chose today’s song not only because it is a great one but because I also love the video. I think it is just gorgeous. From the imagery to the sepia tone color to the couple “moving across the water” as they reach out for each other, it is just sublime. And so is Stewart’s vocal. It was written by Robbie Robertson of The Band who released his own version in 1987, but I think Stewart’s arrangement highlights the beauty of the lyrics better:
“Can you see what I see
Can you cut behind the mystery
I will meet you by the witness tree
Leave the whole world behind.”
Rod Stewart in his video for “Broken Arrow” in 1991. (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
Rod Stewart: “Broken Arrow” (1991, written by Robbie Robertson).
I do not own the rights to anything. I am just sharing what I love and how I am coping with you.