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....

2 comments:

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.