BEEN THERE, DONE THAT
Saw the movie “Crazy Heart”. Wonderful movie, hard to watch.
Let me tell you why. In my walk through life I’ve seen too many people I care about fall into a bottle and drown. I made a choice at age ten not to be a drinker, even dreaming of becoming a modern-day Carrie Nation, taking a baseball bat to liquor store shelves. Life has taught me to live and let live, but Crazy Heart awakened a bit of the ten-year-old in me.
I’ve never been a great country music fan, but sometimes it gets under my skin and I can’t quit hitting the re-play button in my brain and on the dashboard of my car. The music behind the lyrics makes your very soul dance.
I used to be Somebody,
Now I am Somebody Else.
Who I’ll be tomorrow
Is anybody’s guess.
How did the song-writer know that was in a million hearts? And especially in my world, the out-to-pasture retirees. Some of us were defined by our career in our active years. Some of us were in strong partnership with a spouse, now gone. Used to be Somebody.
Listen to some of the lyrics from Fallin’ & Flyin’. Nailed it again:
Funny how fallin’ feels like flyin’
For a little while.
You never see it comin’ til it’s gone.
It all happens for a reason,
Even when it’s wrong.
You’ll have to dance with your shoulders if your’e driving, I Don’t Know has that Cajun squeezebox sound.
You’d think by now, I’d know better.
Ain’t got a lot to show.
I could write a song, I could write a letter,
I could write book about what I don’t know.
If I Needed You, a love song you can sing as a duet .
If I needed you, would you come to me?
Would you come to me and ease my pain?
If you needed me
I would come to you.
I ‘d swim the seas to ease your pain.
And not to be ignored, in waltzes the late Bakersfield Buck Owens, the guy from Hee Haw. He has such a twang that you have to smile. His song is a greeting we have all muttered under our breath…at the door or on the phone, Hello, Trouble.
Well hello, Trouble,come on in.
Where’n the world you been?
I ain’t had the miseries
Since you been gone.
Well hello, Trouble, Trouble, Trouble,