As is most often the case, the inspiration for today’s post came from a song. I listen to my collection of (thousands) of ‘favorites’ on my old, old iPhone which is basically functioning as an iPod-you remember those, right?-that I listen to while driving. I don’t need Sirius or XM radio. There is no waiting or skipping through unwanted tunes until something wonderful plays. The hardest part is not saying to myself. “Oh yeah, this is my favorite song!” every time a new one begins. So, here it is. It brings back so many wonderful memories of high school, times with my two best friends and our hopes for creating a better world. We were so idealistic and the thoughts and music of John Denver encouraged that in a beautiful way. We had many musical ‘heroes’ and he was one of them. We even did a pictorial slide show essay using one of his songs for our English Humanities class in 11th grade. I miss him....
Singer, poet, naturalist, husband, father, son of Life....
For you speak to me of sadness and the coming of the Winter
Fear that is within you now that seems to never end
And the dreams that have escaped you and the hope that you’ve forgotten
You tell me that you need me now and want to be my friend
And you wonder where we’re going,
Where’s the Rhyme and where’s the reason..
And it’s you cannot accept that it is here we must begin
To seek the wisdom of the children
And the gentle way of flowers in the wind..
For the children and the flowers are my sisters and my brothers
Their laughter and their loveliness could clear a cloudy day
Like the music of the mountains and the colors of the rainbow
They’re a promise of the future
And a blessing for today....
So, as Crosby, Stills, and Nash advised..
Teach your children well...
And the song that I am singing
Is a prayer to non believers
Come and stand beside us
We can find a better way....
Today’s post brought to you by Linda Hill’s SoCS prompt and it was song. The prompt says to look at the first picture nearest you should be the basis for your post. My children and grandchildren surround me in i ages. I think I have it covered. Happy Free 48 everyone!