As the great musical poet Kiki Dee once said, “I’ve got the music in me.” Seriously, music is part of my daily life, so I participate in Song Lyric Sunday.
This week’s theme is seeing, and DJ Tara’s choice… is a song I’ve had in the back of my mind for this blog challenge for weeks and now I can finally use it! It’s also a mini-practice for my upcoming A to Z Challenge theme: Musical Memoir.
Dovetailing with last week’s post for the theme shadow, this song was also co-written by the The Hooters guitarist/singer/songwriter Eric Bazilian. The other co-writer and singer was new to me about 10 years ago when an editor I worked with asked me to write a profile of her in advance of an upcoming area appearance (for newbies, in a previous life I was a journalist and freelance / arts writer who often interviewed creative folks like this week’s featured artist).
It wasn’t always the case that I ended up liking the music of an interview subject, but in her case, I did. She sent me her CD, Careful What You Wish For, and since then I’ve listened to it many, many times.
The song I chose for this week — what I consider to be one of the best break-up songs of all time — just happened to coincide with the biggest break-up of my life. I was alone for the first time in 10 years — my choice. I was seeing things more clearly than I had in years, in pieces, as the picture came together and my focus cleared in increments (because seeing everything all at once would have obliterated what was left of my heart).
In this song, she hints at seeing clearly things that maybe weren’t clear before. She also literally says that she’ll see everything she ever wanted to see… after the tears. Singing this song, almost daily, was a way to comfort myself as I moved through the same process and toward the same goals.
Settle in and click play on the video below (which is just audio…) for After the Tears by Jonatha Brooke (click the song title link for the lyrics). Enjoy.