November 18 – Couldn’t keep it in

Couldn’t keep it in
Let it go, so, let it go
Turn away, slam the door

Disney song on a Monday morning?

When I was a kid, Disney songs were all pretty light hearted and happy tunes.

Whistle While You Work, Zip a Dee Doo Dah and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

Light hearted, saccharine and fairly meaningless.

Got me thinking of music class Crestview Elementary School.

We had a weekly visit from a music teacher and we learned songs for the school wide spring concert.

One year, sometime in the late 19060’s, when the music teacher must have been right out of college when learned tunes from Simon and Garfunkel (59th street Bridge Song), Peter, Paul and Mary (Leaving on Jet Plane) and Bob Dylan (Blowing in the wind).

I guess it was a bit much for the school board and the next spring we sang Lets Go Fly a Kite and Chim Chim Cher-ee from Mary Poppins.

But I digress.

I have heard this song for years.

I never seen the movie, but my a lot of my grand children’s toys play it over and over again.

While there is much discussion to the meaning of this song and the role its plays in the movie and what is portrayed as an allegory, it is the phrase, let it go, that sticks in my mind.

Recent news from family up north has put choices of life and death into focus.

So many things, issues, hurts and concerns lose their importance when the either – or of life and death are truly in mind.

Let it go.

Slam that door.

But that leaves the question, what does matter here on earth?

Assuring yourself of a salvation throughout eternity stands out.

But what about the here and now.

What matters?

I was stuck by a passage this passage of prose.

“… there does come a point in life where a great deal that used to worrisome simply becomes easier.
It is surprising how easy life can get.
A man and a woman look at each other across the breakfast table and realize it’s been a long time since they’ve had bad feelings about each other, these two who’ve gone through rough patches when big arguments could come up suddenly out of nowhere that left them emotionally drained and sorrowful for days, and now it feels as if they’ve turned a corner found something easy, a simple pleasure in each other, in their domestic arrangements, in their mutual life …”

Garrison Keilor, Life Among the Lutherans, Augsburg Books, 2009 (Church Organist, Page 77)

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