As per the writing challenge posted by a fellow blogger, …..from the Bungalow, I am going to write a “musical affinity” post. The intention behind this challenge is to share good music, to encourage thoughtful writing and to introduce people to new blogs they may not be aware of.
Though the guidelines to this challenge are not strict, here are the suggested points to cover:
- Where were you when you first heard it? Be descriptive.
- How do the lyrics pertain to you, an experience you’ve had, or something you’ve struggled with?
- How does the songwriter use words to effectively convey feeling, imagery, etc.?
- If your association with a particular song is a “bad” one, have you faced it head on or do you avoid the song?
The song I want to write about is “Let’s Never Stop Falling In Love,” by Pink Martini. In fact, here, why don’t you start listening to it as you read my post:
The day I first heard Pink Martini was just this past summer. I was walking home from my volunteer endeavor which centered around children and families… and as I strolled along the picturesque street which was complimented by the view of snow-capped mountains in the distance, I noticed an outdoor concert going on at our town’s amphitheater. I was captivated by the familiar sound and decided to slow my “roll” as I walked past the show. I looked out at the grassy field which was filled with families, toddlers dancing, couples sprawled out on blankets who couldn’t seem to get enough of one another and I felt a big smile creep across my face.
As I took all of this in, my heart was filled with joy and I was reminded of the dream I stuffed down long ago.
What’s that dream?
Oh, you know the one…. You know… when people find a love that lasts, the kind of love that can not only survive the stormy weather, but thrive and grow deeper in commitment and passion as time goes on… The one that is filled with many “happily ever afters” at each and every ending and exciting new beginning that life inevitably brings along through interesting twists and turns of fate.
I stopped talking about that dream long ago and buried it as deep as I could (sometimes it bubbles up in discussion, but I don’t dive too deeply…). In fact, this blog post is the first time I’ve spoken so candidly about it in quite some time.
Anyway, this song (and many of Pink Martini’s songs) is the perfect soundtrack to the dream I have buried in my heart for later review about what I seek in a relationship. To me, the words, “Let’s never stop falling in love,” perfectly captures the idea of living many happily ever afters no matter what the circumstance and always remembering to follow that shining star which carries the seed that brought us together.
I don’t go out of my way to listen to this song… but I don’t avoid it either. Even though my life’s focus is currently on establishing my place in a paying career, I like to sometimes hear this song so I may reminisce on the dream I once wanted more than anything.
Though I haven’t had a boyfriend in coming up on five years (!), I am not in any rush to pursue that dream, mostly because I really like being my own partner and also because being in close enough kissing proximity to anyone actually makes me nauseas (and I don’t feel like working through that issue at this point)… so for right now, I am content with having a faint dream somewhere in the distance that maybe one day I will focus my energies on again.
Thank you and have a happy weekend.