The dictionary’s definition of “friendship” describes “… a relationship that can linger in the memory like an appealing chord of music.”
It’s a remarkable thing about music: an invisible connection or universal relationship, we have with the artists and their work – bringing back memories special to our lives. Everyone’s memorable moments are different, but we share the same basic emotions.
My first memorable music moment is easy; it’s ‘Your Song’ by Sir Elton John. It was “my” love song to my wife – words that would intertwine our future lives together.
“It’s a little bit funny this feeling inside/
I’m not one of those who can easily hide
I don’t have much money but boy if I did/
I’d buy a big house where we both could live”
Funny, but after 34 years, including raising a family, we’re now leaving our grand old country home. Initially, it was an impossible dream; but today, we’re planning different dreams… adding new songs.
“So excuse me forgetting but these things I do/
You see I’ve forgotten if they’re green or they’re blue”
Next, I’m sure people can relate to the celebrity deaths of Elvis, Buddy Holly, Patsy Cline, David Bowie, ‘Prince’ (to mention a few); but, the senseless murder of John Lennon stunned millions… such genius denied! As the de facto leader of the Beatles – the world’s greatest pop group – his death also meant the end of the beginning of his promising personal and professional comeback. And, it was Sir Elton’s memorable tribute, ‘Empty Garden (Hey, Hey Johnny)’ – expressing our feelings better than we could say them ourselves.
“He must have been a gardener that cared a lot/
Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop
And we are so amazed we’re crippled and we’re dazed/
A gardener like that one no one can replace”
Although Lennon was by no means perfect, his music became an articulate, passionate voice for a whole generation’s aspirations: including world peace,
“All we are saying is give peace a chance”
and peaceful relationships.
“Woman, I know you understand the little child inside the man/
Please remember my life is in your hands”– from ‘Woman’
But, it was Elton John’s/Bernie Taupin’s rendition song, ‘Candle in the Wind 1997’, which John performed at the funeral of Princess Diana at Westminster Abbey – a worldwide televised audience of two billion – that’s my most memorable music moment. The song’s sales– top 20 in Canada for three years – and later overall global proceeds, raised close to $300 million USD in support of her charities like landmine victims.
“Goodbye England’s rose/
May you ever grow in our hearts.
You were the grace that placed itself/
Where lives were torn apart”
“And it seems to me you lived your life/
Like a candle in the wind.
Never fading with the sunset/
When the rain set in”
Yes, music can bring back memories, but only we can measure the tears… the joy… the meaning to our lives… moments that will forever live within our hearts.