It is all so quiet ,,ssssh
Miao Miao has gone back to China for the summer , Florence is in Serbia ,en route to China for the summer and Jacob is in Amsterdam and has no plans to go to China ( unless that’s where the winners of this years annual 5 a side football tournament are from , in which case they may host it next year ) , so John and I are polishing the barbecue , tidying up the 3 flowers, hosing down the one goldfish and getting ready for some Holloway ( place not prison ) friends who are coming for lunch.
What does Roscommon mean to you ?
Did you know it was the only one of the 43 Irish constituencies to vote against the legalisation of same-sex marriage proposal ?
I was told this last night by Paul and Paul who are going there for their summer holidays – maybe they can do a good PR job ?
Last night we went to see the amazing LGMC and the theme was ‘Love’ . You know how much I love them .Every performance is so uplifting and the choice of songs not Kitsch or cheesy – just great .
But last night ,it was Jane to came into my head .
In the first half they sang The Mamas and Papas ‘Make Your Own Kind of Music’
”Nobody can tell ya
There’s only one song worth singin’
They may try and sell ya
‘Cause it hangs them up
To see someone like you
But you’ve gotta make your own kind of music
Sing your own special song
Make your own kind of music
Even if nobody else sings along ” etc etc
I’d forgotten how much we LOVED this song and how we belted out …and now when I sing it I think of everybody … gay,straight,black, white , the kids I teach ,those I don’t , dementia sufferers , the soup -kitchen crew ,anyone suffering injustice , the list is infinite .The words mean so much and are so strong and so true .You know by now how strongly I feel that we all have a voice and the right to be listened to .Thank God for living in the this country .
Then after the interval , I had an enormous ‘mind the gap’ moment when they sang Bing Crosby’s ‘The way you Look Tonight’. This was Jane’s favourite all-time-international song and we played it at her funeral – so the last song ever played for her . One Christmas morning in around 1999 when her physical health was deteriorating , I was getting her up and we were singing and then our minds went blank and we couldn’t remember the words of this song , we were going mad .So in desperation/ frustration I phoned my musical friend Michael, and he put his handset next to his piano whilst he played and sang it to us down the line .Funnily enough we never forgot it again .
It is SO beautiful
” Someday, when I’m awfully low
And the world is cold
I will feel a glow just thinking of you
And the way you look tonight
Yes, you’re lovely
With your smile so warm, and your cheek so soft
There is nothing for me but to love you
Just the way you look tonight
With each word your tenderness grows
Tearing my fear apart
And that smile that wrinkles your nose
Touches my foolish heart
Lovely, never, never change
Keep that breathless charm
Won’t you please arrange it
‘Cause I love you ”
Funnily enough this is ‘National Carers Week’….if you’ve ever been one you will know the guilt, fatigue and love is relentless .
Hats off to the lot of them