Posts tagged ‘Stuart Davis’
So, we begin! Day 1 of my 30 day blog journal. The theme for today is my favorite song. What? I have to choose ONE favorite song?? Not happening! I don’t think I can even pick less than 10! I have a lot. Pretty much if you want to know my favorite songs, come over and look at my iTunes list! There are thousands of them listed there. I love music, and I always have. I’m very much into Classic Rock the most, but have recently discovered some newer bands that I like too, though they are not the “main stream” bands. I really do not like the popular music of today. The radio stations I listen to play oldies, classic rock and stuff from my childhood (80’s & 90’s). So, I’ll try not to over whelm you too much, but I’ll give you a sampling of some of my favs (in no particular order).
My favorite all time band is The Beatles. I of course have many other favorites, but if I was forced to pick one favorite there, it’d be the Beatles, so I’ll start with them. Pretty much, I love all of there stuff. There are a few I don’t like (mostly Paul McCartney songs – seriously, can he write a song with more than 10 words in it? I don’t think so…). I don’t think I could pick one favorite from their whole catalog, so I’m just picking a random one that rocks. It’s “Happiness is a Warm Gun”:
Next on the list is from a newer “band” that I absolutely love. The “band” is Iron & Wine. Why is “band” in quotes? Well, because it’s actually just one guy named Sam Beam – he plays all the instruments and sings all of the harmonies on the albums he makes. He’s amazing (not to mention that I really go for long hair and beards…check out my husband)! I’m actually going to put up 2 of his songs here. The first is Resurrection Fern. The second is Such Great Heights (originally written by The Postal Service). Such Great Heights was on the Garden State soundtrack, so if you’ve seen that movie, you’ve heard this song. It was also featured in an M&M’s commercial a couple of years ago.
Back to some classic rock, we have Pink Floyd’s masterpiece Wish You Were Here. The first time I heard this song was while I was working at camp in 2000. A group of campers from the older kids group borrowed guitars from the counselors and played this song at the talent show on Thursday. It was great and I went and tracked it down after that.
And of course, I can’t leave out Led Zeppelin. I love them. I got to see Robert Plant and Allison Krauss play last year (they had an amazing album come out a couple years ago). I don’t even know which of their songs would be my favorite, so I’ll just pick a random one – Immigrant Song.
This next song is by Stuart Davis – he’s an artist from Minnesota (my homeland…) who does amazing things with a guitar. I love him and all of his songs. I couldn’t find my favorite song of his on YouTube (called Your House) so I just picked one that I also like a lot called Mermaid (warning, it gets a bit graphic – and funny!) Enjoy.
I had some more I was going to list, but I think I’ll stop there as it’s getting long! I hope you enjoy and maybe even find some new music you didn’t know before! Up tomorrow: Favorite Movie (again, will probably be a long one)!
One of my favorite singer/songwritters is a small Minnesota artist named Stuart Davis. He has some amazing songs, some funny songs, some very raunchy songs, and some incredibly deep and meaningful songs. One song of his that I’ve known for a long time, as it is on one of his earlier albums is called “You My Child”. I’ve always felt that it was an amazing song, but it’s never meant much more than that to me. It’s a song he wrote when he and his girlfriend at the time had become pregnant and decided that for them abortion was the best option. It’s a gut wrenching song just knowing that much about it.
Today the song popped into my head. I’ve not thought about it for years. Even though the song is about an entirely different situation than my own, it still holds a lot of the feeling and emotion that I am dealing with. I’ve decided to post the song here and share it with you. I’m posting the whole song here, even though there are parts that don’t describe what I’m going through, I think the song as a whole is important for anyone who has lost a child before they had a chance to live, in whatever manner it was that the child was lost.
You My Child by Stuart Davis
Of all the world’s perfections,
we safely may assume
the most blessed and untainted
is the treasure in the womb
We wait for revelations,
some miracle, some sign
and suddenly a life is sparked
it almost seems divine
But both of us are much too young
to know what we believe
and we can’t find the answers
in how you were conceived
So you won’t feel the rapture
of your mother’s first embrace
and I won’t see my features
in the contour of your face
we won’t hug your body
and press against its warmth
for you my child will not be born
If we fear the grand design
or deny a higher source
it’s only that we all prefer
controlling our own course
Because a million things can happen,
and you were just the one
we were the least prepared for,
a daughter or a son
The choice is more than painful,
the wounds may never mend
as we wonder what you might have done
and who you might have been