Playing In My Head

September 23, 2009 at 10:02 Leave a comment

Is Five For Fighting’s The Riddle. Yes, the non-Nik Kershaw Riddle. I love it that FFF is actually just one guy, John Ondrasik, and that many people take him for an over-featured frontman. He looks like an ordinary redneck, but he has a voice like a cello, and his songs are wise and tender.

Like this one, that he described as the most difficult song he’d ever written. It took him eighteen months, and evolved along the way from an existentialist song to one about father and son. I dunno. I still think there’s a good bit of existentialism in it, but unlike most songs of its ilk, this one is calm, happy and accepting. It resonates with my own beliefs about life in general – that we are the world to ourselves but also tiny specks in the big picture, and that there are universes of mysteries and secrets that will whirl forever out of reach of our blind groping. But that’s OK, as long as we have people to love. There’s really no need to understand everything. Sometimes it’s in the little moments.

Picked up my kid from school today
“Did you learn anything? ‘Cos in the world today
You can’t live in a castle far away
Now talk to me, come talk to me”

He said, “Dad I’m big but we’re smaller than small
In the scheme of things, well, we’re nothing at all
Still every mother’s child sings a lonely song
So play with me, come play with me…”

“And hey Dad, here’s a riddle for you –
Find the answer
There’s a reason for the world
You and I”

I said, “Son, for all I’ve told you
When you get right down to the reason for the world
Who am I?”

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My blog-name is Katie but I will not respond if you call me that in real life because it's not my real name. Yes, I do practise virtual-world paranoia. No, I do not enjoy stalkers. But I do enjoy writing and having folks reading said writing, so welcome to my world. It's nice to meet you.

Playing in my head over and over again argh

I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song (Jim Croce)

Book(s) of the moment

Hogfather (Terry Pratchett)

Books read in 2010 and 2011

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (JK Rowling) - 'cos the movie's coming out!
Frankenstein: Lost Souls (Dean Koontz) - ah, bugger, it's part of a series! Now I hafta find all the books...
Dismantled (Jennifer McMahon) - oh, good one
Tigerlily's Orchids (Ruth Rendell)
Shutter Island (Dennis LeHane) - reminds me too much of work
Holy Fools (Joanne Harris) - it's official: I prefer her scary books
A Series of Unfortunate Events; The Unauthorized Autobiography; The Beatrice Letters (Lemony Snicket)
The Little Friend (Donna Tartt)
The main books - 11 so far - of the Southern Vampire series; the Aurora Teagarden series except for A Fool & His Honey - that makes it 7; Sweet & Deadly (Charlaine Harris)
The Woman in Black (Susan Hill)
Full Dark, No Stars (Stephen King)
Room: A Novel (Emma Donaghue)
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
The Bachman Books (Stephen King)
Men At Arms (Terry Pratchett)
Carpe Jugulum (Terry Pratchett)
The Fifth Elephant (Terry Pratchett)
Beauty (Robin McKinley)
The Sandman, Vol 1 (Neil Gaiman)
The Burden (Agatha Christie) - her crime novels are waaay better
Snuff (Terry Pratchett)

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