Hello dear music friend,
it´s time for a new live video from my last concert.
As with every upcoming song, I´m sharing my story with this song.
As this is no original song of mine I´m sharing a few memories of why I feel connected to the song and why I added this song to the setlist of my concert.
“The Rose” became famous by Bette Middler singing it.
I stumbled across it in my teenage years. I can´t say how exactly, I just know that it stuck with me for years, it would come up in intervals and I´d find myself humming or singing it to a friend, who also loved the song.
In hindsight I wonder if it had to do with the topic of “love” and me digging to find out what it is about – what is “love”, this complex phenomenon that everyone would talk and sing about but was so difficult to grasp with my mind.
I´ve always been drawn to songs that try to find answers, songs that question and then rejoice in uplifting resolutions.
The song contains a lot of “what is love”-questions, hear-say knowledge and that one, not “some”, has the courage to speak a tender force into the phenomenon. Yes, love can drown, it can hurt, it can feel insatiable and only leave you wanting for more. But that´s not all there is. There is a tender pushing, slowly growing, self-determined side to it – and it is not on you to only accept it and let it happen to you but it is actually in seed-form inside of you and you can nurture it to grow.
“Some say love, it is a river, that drowns the tender reed
Some say love, it is a razor, that leaves your soul to bleed
Some say love, it is a hunger, an endless aching need
I say love, it is a flower, and you, its only seed.”
There´s the theme of “fear” – fear of failure, fear of rejection, the fear to not live up to others or own expectations, the fear of thinking “my dream is not important enough” and playing it safe instead of stepping out, be vulnerable, fail and eventually rise & shine. Fear in all its shapes and forms will shrink the capacity of your soul to go out and go for it. It´ll slowly kill you. Unless you break free.
“It’s the heart afraid of breaking, that never learns to dance
It’s the dream afraid of waking, that never takes the chance
It’s the one who won’t be taking, who cannot seem to give
And the soul afraid of dying, that never learns to live.”
Hearing about the brutal force of love (like in verse 1), the discouragment that comes by fear (verse 2) will make one feel abandoned, lacking trust in other people, some people withdraw because they´re afraid to get hurt others superficially connect up to a certain point where they feel safe but leave layers of themselves hidden from even their closest friends. For some people this is a season they will walk through. For some people this is the story of their life. There´s an emotional winter.
And I love that at the end of the song – amongst all “some say” and pointing out your fears – there is ONE person speaking truth. “Yes, this might be a hard time right now but there is something strong within you, that will come to bloom. Just stay on your path, keep walking, hold on. It´ll be alright.”
“When the night has been too lonely and the road has been too long
And you think that love is only for the lucky and the strong
Just remember in the winter, far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed, that with the sun’s love in the spring becomes the rose.”
Now this turned out to be more of an analysis of this song. Maybe you agree, maybe you disagree. The power of a song lies within the possibilities to interpret it under different lights. What is your light? Would you agree to my point of view?
Well, I´d love to read from you.
To connect it to the concert though:
I can´t fully explain though, why this specific song came up during my preparation for the concert. Especially as this is a particularly bright season of my life. Maybe I´ll see more clearly in hindsight or maybe what I can see from where I stand now is, that it is like a closure. I was afraid in the past to live up to my dreams and the past years I´ve dared myself times and times but especially this year has held some crucial steps in following my dream, including the concert. The song has wrapped up the process that I couldn´t put into words before. The concert was the right framework to work it into.
ow I didn´t expect that this would come out when I started this letter – but it´s quite a story, hey.
What´s your story? I´m eager to read from you.