Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Today's Ramble - 11/1/06

As we start yet another rainy November in the Pacific Northwest, I wanted to cite some lyrics that (for me) perfectly describe our desire to slow down life's hectic pace. These lyrics were written by Neil Peart of Rush.

I turn my back to the wind, to catch my breath, before I start off again
Driven on without a moment to spend, to pass an evening with a drink and a friend
I let my skin get too thin, I'd like to pause, no matter what I pretend
Like some pilgrim who learns to transend, learns to live as if each step was the end

Time stand still
I'm not looking back, but I want to look around me now
See more of the people and the places that surround me now

Freeze this moment a little bit longer
Make each sensation a little bit stronger
Experience slips away....

I turn my face to the sun, close my eyes, let my defenses down
All those wounds that I can't get unwound
I let my past go too fast, no time to pause, if I could slow it all down
Like some captain whose ship runs aground, I can wait until the tide comes around

Make each impression a little bit stronger
Freeze this motion a little bit longer
The innocence slips away....

Summer's going fast, nights growing colder
Children growing up, old friends growing older
Experience slips away....


lenserX said...

love that song. and probably for the same reasons. promise not the let me miss them when they come back through.

DC Portland said...

Indeed! I encourage anyone who may be reading this to check out the lyrics from Neil Peart, particularly during the 1985 - 1993 period. He demonstrates a tremendous knowledge and wisdom regarding the human condition. I am particulalrly impressed with his ability to compare philosophical points of view in a cohensive and cleaver way. If I had to pick one album as the apex of lyrical quality, I could not. For the uninitiated, I would suggest "Roll the Bones", and the beautiful flavor Peart adds to the concept of chance.