Shooting Star

I was driving back from the gym when I heard it

for the very first time,

that unmistakable voice,

a little gravely now, less freewheeling,

that knocked me  right out of orbit.

It was one of those moments when you have to pull over

to the side of the road, and give yourself

completely to the song;

“Purple Rain’ was like that,

Neil Young’s ‘After the Gold Rush’

and the soaring piano, guitar segue from ‘Layla’.

You receive the stigmata of otherness.

It changes your whole day and lingers for weeks.

 Perhaps never leaves you.

Then there’s the personal accounting,

where you’ve messed up, missed out,

fallen short of the mark, the roads not taken.

It takes a song to shake you like this:

‘Guess it’s too late to say the things to you,

you needed to hear me say,

Seen a shooting star tonight

slip away’.





*what songs have the power to transport you?

61 thoughts on “Shooting Star

  1. November Rain—I’m a teen again, vodka and orange, too pale makeup, t-top/flannel and bell bottoms. and of course, Free Bird, I’m on dirt roads, cig. windows down, hair wild. Those two, every time. Great post, John, as usual.

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  2. Awesome post, John! Love it. I have way to many but I’ll give you 3. Walking in Sunshine (always makes feel good) My Girl (I used to sing it to my 2 daughters when they were young except I’d sing my girls) Let It Be (reminds me of my Mum).

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  3. so many, music is one of my favorite things in life. i remember hearing moody blues waling from our living room, me singing along, imagining scenarios to match their multi-layered sound, i remember ‘gimme shelter’ playing when my plane was taking off for my first vacation without my family, george winston on piano making me feel emotion swelling up for it’s pure beauty, flashdance ‘what a feeling’ playing when i got a job i really wanted…and on and on…

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    • thanks, Beth, for sharing: one of my favourite albums was ‘Every Good Boy Deserves Favour’. It had a great cover too; and yes the propulsive beat of ‘Flashdance’ ; how could anyone keep still when that was playing 🙂

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  4. A wonderful ode to the power of music. There are so many reasons to like music. Belfast Child by Simple Minds. Here by VAST. Mon Amie La Rose by Natasha Atlas. U2 in some moods. Pink Floyd in other moods (and sometimes with Roger Waters and sometimes after). Freddy Mercury has a voice like liquid gold. I love the cover of Sound of Silence by Disturbed. I love the cover of Gangsta’s Paradise by Postmodern Jukebox. I love Sibelius’ Finlandia and in a certain mood I am blown away by Chopin’s nocturnes. I love some of the piano riffs in Billy Joel. And I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine by Beth Orton makes me cry.

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  5. great list of songs, most of which I know; and yes, the great ones make me cry too, or at least sob 🙂 I know it’s overplayed and every well known but I love ‘Piano Man’: great song, great lyrics; and thanks for your lovely comment 🙂

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  6. But yes, “Somewhere Out There” was written specially for the film “An American Tail,” which by the way is a pretty great story with some rather endearing characters… if you are a fan of, or at least okay with, animated films. Hard to believe this one is from 35 years ago.

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