Occasionally I pick a number, turn on my Nano and hit the forward button until I reach my selected number.
I then write a bit about what comes to mind when I hear the particular piece that’s playing. A real favorite of mine came on today.
Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through for you
Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
although a tear may be ever so near
that’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile
It’s a song that makes one side of me quite content while the other side is quite a different story.
There’s a sweet and sentimental sadness about the music that has always “reached me”. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that the melody and music
were composed by Charlie Chaplin, a black and white icon I’ve always thought of as a simple and sad little fellow.
Maybe he wasn’t quite so simple after all.
I put this song in the same category as “You are my sunshine” in terms of emotional complexity and ability to yank your heart out of your chest.
But maybe it’s just me.
Most folks that visit here regularly will find it no surprise that my mother used to sing and play both of these songs when I was a child.
So I have the maternal/internal attachment as well as a musical one.
This song made me think about my father too.
I wrote a piece a while ago called “Just Like Chaplin” because at the time that’s how I viewed my father’s physical capacity in addition to his ‘silent movie-like’ demeanor.
I think of how many times that song would involuntarily start playing in my head just sitting with him.
All this from one song.
Powerful stuff, huh?
Music once again continues to astound me.
Almost forgot –
the version I listened to was by David Sanborn off his “Closer” album.
Just humming the song can make you feel better too.
Try it sometime for me.