Commenter April mentioned that a single song summed up 2018 for her, personally, and wondered if others had a song that might do the same for them.
That smelled like a post to me!
I was sure I could come up with a song that encapsulated this past very interesting year of my life.
For the record (and for those of you who–shame on you!–don’t follow along in the comments), April’s record was this one, which, serendipity or no, is the theme from a movie that I have long loved but which, for reasons that might require another post some day, has hit a little closer to home of late:
I hope that means April is in a better place–like Kelly’s heroes at the end of the movie, rather than the beginning.
The minute she posed the question, a song popped into my head. I’ve spent a day or so thinking about it, but nothing has dislodged that first thought. Before I share it, let me first say that, if the question had been posed a year ago, I would have had no hesitation in knowing how 2017 was summed up because it was like a lot of years before it, and maybe even my whole life:
Bleak as that may seem, I’m always grateful for any year that doesn’t turn out like this…because there have been a few:
Last year, though, was a good year, all in all. I can now see the light at the end of a financial nightmare tunnel, which I entered one afternoon (in 2007) when I discovered my 87-year-old father had, unbeknownst to anyone, cancelled his supplemental health insurance nine months earlier. It might not have been a big deal, except he’d had a stroke that morning.
Well, when else would you find out something like that? Such is life.
2018, though, felt like a turning point. If I manage to hold on to my job (a big “if” at the moment) the coming years promise to be much brighter. We’ll see.
For now, I offer this little-known gem, modest in conception and execution, at least until the singer takes a deep breath before stepping into the final chorus.
Back in simpler times, I used to stay up all night, trying to figure out how she did it.
Now, I just smile:
If anyone has a song, album, movie, book or anything else that summed up last year for them, I hope you’ll share it. Me and April can’t be the only ones.