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Janis and memories

24 September 2004

Am listening a lot to Janis Ian again lately. Yes, you guys think she was dead after scoring a massive hit with "At 17" in 1975!! But she is very much alive. Anyway.....I used to listen to Janis A LOT a few years ago. In fact, it was almost the only thing I listened to. But now.....I am ashamed to say I simply FORGOT to get tickets for her UK tour! How bad is that. I just forgot. And now that I remembered her tour, I pulled the CDs out again and am listening to them again.
And memories come flooding back. It is mostly the melodies of Janis' songs that touches me. Hence there is no sense in my posting lyrics to some of the most 'meaningful' sings. The lyrics are not meaningful to me most of the time. But U remember what I was doing when I was listening to those songs, who I was with, what dreams I had back then and so on.
Needless to say that most of those dreams never came true. I never managed to move to Australia for example. However, it is odd that most of the time people seem to relate music from their past with unhappy times. Eventhough I would not call Janis Ian sings happy tunes, they still remind me of happy times. And sad times of course. But mainly they just remind me of 'a time of my life', rather than a single event. So when I listen to Janis Ian, I go back to 4/5 years ago. With all its good times and its bad times.

Mind you, this does not take anything away from the fact that some of janis' songs can make rocks cry, so beautiful. I will just never be able to listen to the 3 albums I listened to around that time ( Revenge, Hunger & God & The FBI)without connecting it to events that happened back then. I guess I am lucky that those events are very important to me, that I don't look back in anger but with a kind of fondness and that the experiences I had back then have shaped a large part of my future in a vey positive way.

So to round it off, lyrics to a very hopeful song Janis wrote when she was down on her luck.

DAYS LIKE THESE
(Janis Ian)

ON DAYS LIKE THESE
WHEN THE RAIN WON'T FALL
AND THE SKY IS SO DRY
THAT EVEN BIRDS CAN'T CALL
I CAN FEEL YOUR TEARS
DISAPPEARING IN THE AIR
CARRIED ON THE BREEZE
ON DAYS LIKE THESE

IT'S YEARS LIKE THESE
THAT MAKE A YOUNG MAN OLD
BEND HIS BACK AGAINST THE PROMISES
THAT LIFE SHOULD HOLD
THEY CAN MAKE HIM WISE
THEY CAN DRIVE HIM TO HIS KNEES
NOTHING COMES FOR FREE
ON DAYS LIKE THESE

BUT YOU CAN'T REAP WHAT YOU DON'T SOW
AND YOU CAN'T PLANT IN FALLOW GROUND
SO LET US FILL THIS EMPTY EARTH WITH HOPE
UNTIL THE RAINS COME DOWN

IN LIVES LIKE THESE
WHERE EVERY MOMENT COUNTS
I ADD UP ALL THE THINGS
THAT I CAN LIVE WITHOUT
WHEN THE ONE THING LEFT
IS THE BLESSING OF MY DREAMS
I CAN MAKE MY PEACE
WITH DAYS LIKE THESE

I CAN MAKE MY PEACE
WITH DAYS LIKE THESE



(You can get free MP3s on her website by the way)

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