Hay captures so accurately the pain of losing a beloved parent – the loss, the longing, the reflection. I cried long and hard when I first heard this song.
I don’t want to rain down misery on everyone’s Mother’s Day, and I promise a nice post tomorrow, but today and for the last few days I’ve been feeling the loss of my own mother so very keenly that I had to share.
Yesterday my youngest sister sent Jen and me an email with a link to this song by Colin Hay, formerly the lead singer of Men at Work.
And then Jen posted this call to honour the memory of mothers lost (and we who have lost them), which very much captures my present emotional state. Perhaps she also was a bit inspired by our sister’s introduction to Colin Hay’s “Dear Father”. Perhaps not. For all three of us, Mom is never far from our thoughts.
It’s a blurry picture, but it just so captures the essence of Mom. As a Grandma, with my second daughter a day after her birth.
But getting my little sister’s email reminded me how powerful song and music can be. The right song can dredge up memories and emotions long hidden away. The right song, indeed can transport you back to the person you were when first it became important in your life.
So today — the day before Mother’s Day — I give you these songs, in tribute to my own Mother, who is gone but never really far away, and also in honour of those of us who face tomorrow with only a memory to share it with.
“My Beloved Wife” – Natalie Merchant
Anything by Diana Krall – here’s “Quiet Nights”, the title song from her 2009 album which my mom loved to listen to that last summer
“Perhaps Love” – John Denver/Placido Domingo
“You Needed Me” – Anne Murray