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February 12, 2005

Long Distance Dedication

Music was one of the things that I bonded over with Mike. On Wednesday night, I'd been working on my new blog templates. I was in the middle of compiling quotations for the main index, including a few song lyrics. From "Never Be the Same" by Crowded House, a now-eerie selection:

Don't stand around
like friends at a funeral
Eyes to the ground
Don't suffer in silence
He knew I loved Crowded House, Split Enz, and solo efforts by Neil Finn, Tim Finn and together as the Finn Brothers. I'm supposed to go to Nashville next week to see them, and that's why I'm heading up to New York in a few weeks.

At some point, Mike and I realized that we lived in Atlanta around the same time - we simply hadn't yet met. We both saw Neil Finn at the Variety Playhouse in 1998. Neil was touring behind his then-new solo album, Try Whistling This. I wish I had a bootleg of the performance, I guess even more so now. Funny - we were probably mere yards apart, and yet it took being in New York to finally meet, four years later.

I didn't plan to post again, but even a complete lack of sleep the night before wasn't enough to knock me out on this night. One of the happier lyrics I chose for my template makes me realize that so much of the song "Faster Than Light," from Try Whistling This, reminds me of Mike. It's also a lullaby for those who need something gentle and sweet to ease a little of the ache inside:

In time you'll see that some things
Travel faster than light
In time you'll recognise that love is larger than life
And praise will come to those whose kindness
Leaves you without debt
And bends the shape of things to come
That haven't happened yet

I want to believe, mrw, that you can hear this, that you know this song is for you. xoxoxoxo

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FASTER THAN LIGHT

(Neil Finn)

Close your eyes go to sleep
Close your eyes get so dizzy
World is spinning in your bed
I know where the sun goes

Gone to wake up the sparrows
In England it's morning
In time you'll see that some things
Travel faster than light
In time you'll recognise
That love is larger than life

Now you know what you're missing
Now you've seen that I'm willing
If you look for the message
Close your eyes
Do you hear what I'm thinking
Is it how you imagined
In time you'll see that some things
Travel faster than light
In time you'll recognise
That love is larger than life

And praise will come to those whose kindness
Leaves ypu without debt
And bends the shape of things to come
That haven't happened yet
Close your eyes, colours changing like a lizard
I know where the sun goes
I have seen the world turning
In time you'll see that some things
Travel faster than light
In time you'll recognise that love is larger than life
And praise will come to those whose kindness
Leaves you without debt
And bends the shape of things to come
That haven't happened yet

Yours, &c., LC | 05:36 AM | Music | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

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I was there with Mike at the Variety Playhouse show! That was a great one.

Posted by: Mark at February 12, 2005 09:12 PM

It was, and now it has even more special meaning for me. I hope to track down a copy of the show at some point.

Take care, Lady C.

Posted by: Lady Crumpet at February 14, 2005 10:07 AM