Re: A true Renaissance woman

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Posted by Emily on May 02, 2005 at 01:43:55:

In Reply to: A true Renaissance woman posted by M. Lopez on May 01, 2005 at 23:09:08:

The image that has planted itself in my mind is "the sunset glow". It captures the entire feeling of the song, I think. It's both an image of sadness, in that it is sunset (death), but also of joy, because a glow is warm and comforting. I also note that the song refers to the "smile" of the departed mother's child, not the child's crying -- as if the child still feels the reassuring presence of its mother, just as the singer still perceives the presence of her departed friend.

I read the lyrics first, before playing the song, and I was already misty-eyed when I read it. I have suffered loss in my life too -- like a lot of us have. But the music and the sound of Barbara's voice had me in tears.

I think Barbara's singing IS as lovely as her images. And I want to thank her for sharing her grief -- and her joy -- with us in this special way.

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