Turn Up the Volume (Discover Prompt Day 20: Music)

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The bride was radiant as she walked down the aisle on her proud father’s arm.  Together, they advanced, slowly and in step, to the sound of ….  nothing.  Pachelbel’s Canon had been silenced forever. Mendelssohn’s wedding march was like an old,  faded photograph in the world’s collective memory.

We have had to learn to live without many important things recently, but thankfully music is not one of them.  We can’t hug our grandchildren or our elderly parents. We can’t invite friends over for dinner or even casually run out to the store for a missing ingredient in a recipe.  It is making us all take a step back and reflect on just how important those things are to us.  But we still have music. I don’t know what could possibly happen to take it away from us. But then again, a few short weeks ago we never imagined that COVID19 would steal so much from us, including precious lives.

Thinking about a world without music  is surreal.  Leonard Cohen’s Halleljuah – gone. The Beatles? Just four guys who needed a haircut (like a lot of us right now). How strange would it be to see the opening credits of Friends without hearing the Rembrandts sing “I’ll Be There For You” or the The Big Bang Theory without the Bare Naked Ladies singing the theme?

Thankfully, music is alive and well. I can crank up Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” to help me zip through housework. On Saturdays evenings, my husband and I can listen to a radio show featuring greats from the past like Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, the Glen Miller Orchestra and more as we sip our wine and prepare dinner.

We shouldn’t wait until we are threatened with losing something before realizing how much it means to us.  So put on your favourite song, turn up the volume and enjoy!

Song Lyric Sunday – Lost in This Moment

I thought “Lost in This Moment” by Big & Rich was the perfect song  for this week’s “Song Lyric Sunday” theme of Promises, Vows, Oaths.  None of those words are in the lyrics, but the whole song is about what goes through a young groom’s mind as his bride comes down the aisle. It’s one of my favourite ballads by a country band and I hope you enjoy it!

Lyrics Lost in This Moment
See your mama and the candles, and the tears and roses
I see your daddy walk his daughter down the aisle
And my knees start to tremble as I tell the preacher
Don’t she look beautiful tonight?
All the wonderful words in my head I’ve been thinking
Ya know I wanna say ’em all just right
I lift your veil and angels start singing
Such a heavenly sight
Lost in this moment with you
I am completely consumed
My feeling’s so absolute
There’s no doubt
Sealing our love with a kiss
Waited my whole life for this
Watching all my dreams come true
Lost in this moment with you
I smell the jasmine floating in the air like a love song
Watch my words draw sweet tears from your eyes
Bow our heads while the preacher talks to Jesus
Please bless this brand new life, yeah
Lost in this moment with you
I am completely consumed
My feeling’s so absolute
There’s no doubt
Sealing our love with a kiss
Waited my whole life for this
Watching all my dreams come true
Lost in this moment with you
Lost in this moment with you
I am completely consumed
My feeling’s so absolute
There’s no doubt
Sealing our love with a kiss
Waited my whole life for this
Watching all my dreams come true
Lost in this moment with you
Lost in the moment
In this moment with you
Lost in the moment
Lost in the moment
In this moment with you
Lost in the moment
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: John D. Rich / Keith Anderson / Rodney Clawson
Lost in This Moment lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Song Lyric Sunday: Spanish Train

I couldn’t resist participating when I read this week’s prompt for Song Lyric Sunday :  Trains. Immediately, Chris de Burgh’s “Spanish Train” started playing in my head. It’s more than just a song – the imagery of the Devil and the Lord playing poker for the souls of the dead created by de Burgh’s delivery is like a play that unfolds in your mind. Listen and enjoy!

There’s a Spanish train that runs between
Guadalquivir and old Saville
And at dead of night the whistle blows
And people hear she’s running still

And then they hush their children back to sleep
Lock the doors, upstairs they creep
For it is said that the souls of the dead
Fill that train ten thousand deep

Well a railwayman lay dying with his people by his side
His family were crying, knelt in prayer before he died
But above his bed just a waiting for the dead
Was the Devil with a twinkle in his eye
Well God’s not around and look what I’ve found, this one’s mine

Just then the Lord himself appeared in a blinding flash of light
And shouted at the Devil, get thee hence to endless night
But the Devil just grinned and said I may have sinned
But there’s no need to push me around
I got him first so you can do your worst
He’s going underground

But I think I’ll give you one more chance
Said the Devil with a smile
So throw away that stupid lance
It’s really not your style
Joker is the name, poker is the game
We’ll play right here on this bed
And then we’ll bet for the biggest stakes yet
The souls of the dead

And I said look out, Lord, He’s going to win
The sun is down and the night is riding in
That train is dead on time, many souls are on the line
Oh Lord, He’s going to win

Well the railwayman he cut the cards
And he dealt them each a hand of five
And for the Lord, he was praying hard
Or that train he’d have to drive
Well the Devil he had three aces and a king
And the Lord, he was running for a straight
He had the queen and the knave and nine and ten of spades
All he needed was the eight

And then the Lord he called for one more card
But he drew the diamond eight
And the Devil said to the son of God
I believe you’ve got it straight
So deal me one for the time has come
To see who’ll be the king of this place
But as he spoke, from beneath his cloak
He slipped another ace

Ten thousand souls was the opening bid
And it soon went up to fifty nine
But the Lord didn’t see what the Devil did
And he said that suits me fine
I’ll raise you high to a hundred and five
And forever put an end to your sins
But the Devil let out a mighty shout, my hand wins

And I said Lord, oh Lord, you let him win
The sun is down and the night is riding in
That train is dead on time, many souls are on the line
Oh Lord, don’t let him win

Well that Spanish train still runs between
Guadalquivir and old Saville
And at dead of night the whistle blows
And people fear she’s running still

And far away in some recess
The Lord and the Devil are now playing chess
The Devil still cheats and wins more souls
And as for the Lord, well, he’s just doing his best

And I said Lord, oh Lord, you’ve got to win
The sun is down and the night is riding in
That train is still on time, oh my soul is on the line
Oh Lord, you’ve got to win

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Chris De Burgh
Spanish Train lyrics © BMG Rights Management