Thursday, 7 February 2013
Life ReCollections - Never be Mine by Kate Bush
There are some things that can only come to you through accumulated life experience and the vantage point of years. Isn't music often the thread that sews our memories and remembrances together. Never Be Mine by Kate Bush - do you know that one? I urge you to seek it out. Its a song that never leaves me due to its haunting lyrics and wistful dream like atmosphere. It is essentially a meditation on unrequited love - 'I look at you and see, my life what might have been..'
I first heard it on a series of perfectly heartbreaking (I know this in retrospect) mix tapes made for me by a friend. I listened to them late into the night in my first solo flat. A cool, but tiny and expensive place in Glasgow's Merchant City. There were other songs like Kiteflyers Hill by Eddi Reader, Girl from Mars by Ash and Let me Paint You a Picture by Billy Bragg - you get the picture.
At the time I viewed these songs through the prism of my own relationship (s) angst and completely overlooked the heart of the person who gave them to me. It was the arrogance of youth I think and blind belief that men and women can be friends without sex coming in the way. Suffice to say that song has stuck with me through the years, it is immensely intense with meaning and I regret being blind to the enormity of feelings it might have encapsulated.
Being more aware back then probably wouldn't have changed the course of my life but perhaps I might have been a little kinder to those those hiding some big feelings.
Please click back here and read my introduction to this set of posts. It will explain a lot. As ever your thoughts on whatever I share here are taken to my heart and that you take the time is just grand. It occurred to me to label these posts 'Life ReCollections'. You will see them popping up over the next few weeks when I feel brave enough....