Posted in Musings and Reflections

A Farewell to Kings – Strange Encounters with the band Rush

This morning, I happened across the 1977 album “A Farewell to Kings” by Rush. In my ongoing attempts to expose modernity to meaningful music rather than the current stuff of tone deaf hearts which seems to permeate the airwaves, I lowered the car windows, cranked up the AC, and cranked up the stereo. (Yes, mine goes up to 11!)

As I listened (loudly!), I was struck again by the song lyrics, particularly of Closer to the Heart and then the less familiar but no less profound Cinderella Man. While listening, I resolved to write a blog post featuring said lyrics, with links, thoughts, etc. once I returned home.

Then a strange thing happened.

At one stop on my journey, I recorded a cool video of a parking meter with a rather interesting message. (I suspect you will see that in a future post).

At the next stop, I discovered that, unbeknownst to me, my phone had recorded a second video of my travels between the two stops! Upon review, I was stunned because the video included both of the above mentioned songs . . . in their entirety, which seemed beyond serendipitous.

The video includes the strange lighting of a phone in a pocket and is completely unedited. It is as it was recorded, beginning to end, from the beeping of the car door as I enter, through the strands of Closer to the Heart, Cinderella Man, and part of Madrigal, to entering a client’s house, to my telling a dog to “Get Down.” (Which I hope you will do as you listen).

(Maybe even crank your system up to 11!)

This experience is a reminder to me that sometimes, if we imagine something, it becomes reality, as if it formed completely out of thin air. I need not remind us that these lyrics as well as the album title are quite apropos, given the current state of our country. Such reimagined reality is critical, as well as those willing to be reimaginers.

As the song so boldly begins –
And the men who hold high places
Must be the ones who start
To mold a new reality
Closer to the heart
Closer to the heart

To which I would add. If those in high places refuse to forge said reality, then they need to be removed and replaced with those who will. In the meantime, you and I are tasked with doing all we can to bring into fruition a reality that is closer to the heart.

The video is below.


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