Thursday, May 7, 2009

Can A Song Make a Difference?

On the first few months of corresponding with Jim, I was completely fascinated with Luther Vandross’ version of the song “The Closer I Get to You”. In fact, I used it as my ring back tone just so my boyfriend can hear it every time he calls.

I was strolling at the mall one afternoon when I received a phone call from him. With a sad voice, he told me he just lost his Mom. I know how close he was to her. On the other hand, it was a joyful death. She died few minutes after he left her house.

Two months later, I was thinking of something to give for his birthday. I wasn’t so sure about the idea but since I liked Luther Vandross, I sent him a CD. Little did I know when he received it, he was crying.

“Hey, did you know that the song “Dance With My Father” was played on the car when I was driving home after visiting my Mom? I never heard of that song before but as I listened to it, tons of happy memories were coming back,” he said.

“And soon as the song ended, my sister called and told me about Mom’s death,” he continued. I could hear his lamentation.

Before his Mom died, she kept telling them that their Dad visited her and that they were dancing. His parents were active in church, they started a foundation and his Dad was one of the founders of Craft Industry. He died early though but had left a life-long legacy to the Craft business.
"In the mid 1940s, it was craft classes offered by the USO that lead Jim Gick to open a craft shop when he returned from WWII and led him to start working with others to develop what would become a global industry. "

Anyway, here's the song's lyrics^-^

Back when I was a child
Before life removed all the innocence
My father would lift me high
And dance with my mother and me and then
Spin me around till I fell asleep
Then up the stairs he would carry me
And I knew for sure I was loved

If I could get another chance
Another walk, another dance with him
I'd play a song that would never ever end
How I'd love love love to dance with my father again

When I and my mother would disagree
To get my way I would run from her to him
He'd make me laugh just to comfort me(yeah, yeah)
Then finally make me do just what my momma said
Later that night, when I was asleep
He left a dollar under my sheet
Never dreamed that he would be gone from me

If I could steal
One final glance
One final step
One final dance with him
I'd play a song that would never ever end
Cause I'd love love love to dance with my father again

Sometimes I'd listen outside her door
I'd hear how my mother cried for him
I'd pray for her even more than me

I know I'm praying for much too much
But could you send back the only man she loved
I know you don't do it usually
But dear Lord she' s dying to dance with my father again

Every night I fall asleep
And this is all I ever dream

6 Grateful Heart's Words:

Mel Alarilla said...

Yes, our life is sometimes interwoven with some songs that ventured into our life in defining moments. The memories that those events evoke are also carried by the songs associated with them. Sometimes our very own life can be described in a meaningful song. Thanks for the nostalgic post. God bless you always.

""rare*jonRez"" said...

oh... what memories! they are wonderful memories Shawie, i can tell, and i'm sure they will forever be etched in your hubby's heart.

and yes, a song does makes a diference!!! and singing your emotions away does even more!!! :)

have a great thursday dear!

Debbie said...

That is beautiful Shawie. Music can really stir the soul. When something happens and we associate a song with that event, it really becomes even more special.

I just want to thank you for always taking time to visit me at Heart Choices. You are such a kind, beautiful person and I'm glad to get to know you.

Maria@Conversations with Moms said...

Songs can be so magical sometimes. A great song has the power to move you in so many ways. I love the lyrics of the song, thanks for posting.

plin said...

Songs seem like an impression of time. Every time I hear a song from 90's reminds of me high school and college. Memories that have seen been buried deep in the back of my mind is recalled.

Hope the songs will sooth the pain and bring back some of the fond memories.

Paul Maurice Martin said...

Beautiful lyrics.

One song that always resonated a lot with me was the Beatles "Let It Be." I learned just recently that Paul McCartney wrote it after his mom died.