The Life of a Song

I was talking about this project with my Maestra today, and she suggested I add some insights about this next piece to my post. What I love about this song is that it seems so simple, but is effective precisely because it doesn’t give everything away in the lyrics. At its core, it is a ballad about a woman who is haunted by a past love and she can’t let go; the story is subtle. It’s not something like “you’re in my heart, my soul, you’re my deepest obsession, and I’ll never get over yooooouuuuuuu.” Instead, she sees him in every mundane aspect of her life. That’s why he’s impossible to shake off. He’s just… there. Bless you, Sondheim.

Simple Songs

Sometimes I think people start a long term project, and then panic when they get a few days in to it. Oh my gosh and golly, it’s only been three days?! How am I ever going to keep this up for 362 more? This is where you just have to keep pushing along. A few years ago, I worked with a personal fitness trainer whose mantra was, “it doesn’t get easier, you get stronger.” Yeah, you think, but that means it’s still hard. True, but to quote millennial saint Lin-Manuel Miranda: “look at where you are, look at where you started…”

And just keep on keeping on.