Wednesday, November 14, 2007


My friend Tai says that the piece of music I posted today causes her to remember--or imagine--a new story from her life. This has caused me to remember some of the songs that are attached to stories in my own life.

Stevie Wonder's, You and I reminds me of being 10, first crush and feeling pretty in my green t-shirt with the owl on the front. If You Leave Me Now by Chicago brings me to 11, sitting at the back of the school bus, dreaming of the boy who sits beside a girl he likes better. Whenever I hear Bob Dylan's If You See Her Say Hello, I am 18 again, driving across country in a '63 Chevy pick-up with a man who watches Gene Autry movies with me on motel TVs and tells me I deserve more. I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash played at my wedding in Central Park, and 18 years later, David and I can smile. We were so certain as we danced that night, that the only thing ahead for us was a bright, bright sunshiny day. And when I listen to the Yiddish Lullaby Tumbalaika, I remember singing it to my baby, holding her little body in my arms, rocking her to sleep in the same chair that my mother held me, rocked me, sang to me.

Last night I heard for the first time, Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, and undoubtedly it will forever be etched in my memory. A gentle and beautiful song sent by a man I've only known a short time, delivered in a moment when I sat alone in my apartment with a heavy heart. And as I listened, I imagined a new story in my life--one where my child runs free from her cares, where her troubles melt like lemon drops, high above the chimney tops, and where dreams really do come true.


Dina said...

Katie, of course that version is one that EVERYONE in Hawaii loooves. When I first moved here, he (along with other Hawaiian artist ) would sing all day while everyone lounged at the beach. He had a BEAUTIFUL SOUL!!! It was a tragic day when he left us.

practicalpsychologist said...

Katie, after reading this blog I couldn't help but mention a new radio programme we have here on BBC Radio 4 in the UK. It is called 'Inheritance Tracks'. When you 'depart' you are allowed to take two pieces of music with you. The first is the piece that you 'inherited' from your parents and reminds you of them. The second is one that you want to leave for your children.

Would love to know what yours are. You my need to take your time...

itzktb said...

Dear pp: I think "Pennies From Heaven" for the song that reminds me of my parents, and actually, though brand new to my life, the Hawaiian song I refer to in this post for Annie.

And yours?

practicalpsychologist said...

'Bess you is my woman now' from Miles version of 'Porgy and Bess' is the track I inherited from my dad. It changed my musical life. He wasn't really into jazz but he had this curio in his collection and I am so glad he did.

The track I will leave my daughters is 'You've got to have freedom' by Pharaoh Sanders. For the music, the joy and the sentiment.

BTW - that Hawaiian track was great. I did listen.