Oh, mirror in the sky what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changing ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?
Today’s Trivia Question: How many times can a grown woman and mother of two listen to “Landslide” (Dixie Chicks rendition) on her 40th birthday without tiring?
Answer: Fourteen Fifteen and counting.
Listening incessantly to a favorite song has been a psychopathic hallmark behavior of mine ever since Davy Jones sang “Daydream Believ-a” when I was eight years old. The invention of the Sony Walkman was the salvation of those around me who no longer had to share my delusion that these songs were actually written JUST FOR ME.
But they were, weren’t they?
I mean don’t you think it is a weird coincidence that here I am turning forty and wondering about where life is going to take me – and whether those places will be destinations I can handle — and how do I evolve as a person as my children grow older and it isn’t all about them anymore — and Stevie Nicks just happened to write a song that is all about THAT??? And I swear the Chicks are looking right at me when they sing their version in this video. C’mon – you can’t just make this stuff up.
I would also like to take this moment to thank other singers who offered private concerts to me and my iPod yesterday including: The Indigo Girls (Fly Away), Judy Collins (Both Sides Now), Nora Jones (Sunrise), Martina McBride (Anyway), Cold Play (Viva la Vida), Van Morrison (Into the Mystic), Carol King (Tapestry), Five for Fighting (The Riddle) and Ben Folds (The Luckiest).
So many people have shared with me that 40 was their “best year ever,” or that their 40′s was this terrific decade and I should look forward to it. I appreciate the sentiment but it’s hard to embrace. It’s not unlike telling young mothers to enjoy their children while they are still toddlers because time goes by so fast.
I don’t know which songs will have what meaning for me in the years ahead. But I’m pretty sure someone will write a song about it. Just for me.
Well I’ve been afraid of changing
Cause I built my life around you.
But time makes you bolder, children get older.
I’m getting older too.