The first time I ever heard about Randy Newman, is when I was 14 years old. We had to analyze a radio program for the music class at school. I stumbled upon a musician themed-program on a station I hardly ever listened to, and I fell in love with Randy Newman. This song makes me shiver every time I hear it, I think it’s one of the best love songs ever written.
A few years ago, my husband bought us a ticket to his concert and it was one of the best gifts I have ever had in my entire life. To be honest: I was shocked to see him this young in the video, I think getting older suits him well. He has a great style and the best, more-than-slightly-ironic style of humor which make his performances just perfect pearls of storytelling.
Which song did you discover in an unexpected way?
Today a colleague told me about how her relationship with her husband was falling apart in before her very eyes. Tears welled in her eyes and besides despair there was also some kind of resignation, as if they considered the battle already lost. She missed the man he was before their second child (her man struggles with depression, they just bought a house, and the second baby girl isn’t as easy-going as the first one…). Her story just hit me, and hit me hard. It made me realize how important it is to take the time to support each other, to set focus, to talk. Not that she didn’t, not that I judge her or them. Not at all. It’s just,… I know I don’t put in the effort they do now, and it makes in/us vulnerable.
Around Christmas time, this song has been a huge hit. I love the harmonies, the soft voices, the simplicity, the beautiful lyrics. But when I saw the clip, I cried my eyes out. For me it’s a constant reminder to keep us on the same page as much as possible. I’ll give anything to avoid Little Boy having to witness his both parents not being able to talk to each other without bitterness in their hearts. And I never would want to put my husband in exactly that position (although I know sometimes things just are what they are…)
Leave a light on – Marble Sounds
Kristen @ Yes Works For Me Wednesday