"In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy." Brother David Steindl-Rast

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Wright's Weaver and Some Willie and Waylon

Today I am grateful for the view out our picture window on a beautiful but brisk morning. I am also grateful to see our grandson Leo take some of his first solo steps last evening.

On the short list of my favorite songs already as we have toured A-Z are Layla, I Can See Clearly Now, Summer Rain, and Bridge Over Troubled Water. Add Gary Wright's Dream Weaver.  I was 10 years old when the song came out in 1975. I was in my head by then; dreaming dreams, some good, some not. Maybe that is why the song struck me then. I think there was also a sense of hope . . .

"Driver take away my worries of today and leave tomorrow behind. I believe you can get me through the night. I believe we can reach the morning light . . . Cross the highways of fantasy. Help me to forget today's pain." 

A frequently played album on our console stereo's turntable back in the mid-to-late 1970's was The Outlaws, featuring Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, and Tompall Glaser. I listened from beginning to end and knew every song.



It is hard to nail down a favorite track or two from the album, but I would have to go with Good Hearted Woman and Suspicious Minds.

I wonder how much Waylon Jennings thought of fate-like giving up his seat to a sick J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, on a plane that later crashed; killing Richardson, Ritchie Valens, and Buddy Holly and their pilot in 1959. Our lives are full of twists of fate. Further confirming the idea that life is both precious and fragile.

Which makes it fitting to close out "W" with one more meaningful song-We May Never Pass This Way Again by Seals and Crofts.  Listen to it here and then go life live today. It is all we get. Go forth, gratefully. 

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    1. It was good, start to finish. I wonder who has that album now? :-)

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