Monday, October 12, 2009

Roxy's Birthday Music Monday: Lightning Crashes by Live

We're down at our beach house in Bay Head, NJ, celebrating my birthday with a long Columbus Day holiday weekend... London and Maddie have off from school, so it takes me back to my elementary school days, when I often had a long weekend celebration for my birthday.

It looks like the weather will be warm enough to settle into our beach chairs with our books and let the sound of the ocean soothe us. I've just started to re-read Erica Jong's memoir, "Fear of Fifty," which I first read back in 1994 as I was approaching thirty...long before London and Maddie, and around the time when I first met Rex at work but certainly did not consider him to be the possible love of my life. Maddie is reading one of her favorite Goosebumps series: "Say Cheese and Die... Again" for her second grade haunted house book report. We read the first "Say Cheese" out loud at bedtime a few weeks back and London and I had nightmares, so Maddie has to read her scary thrillers to herself from now on. London has a teen beach read called "Mates, Dates, and Cosmic Kisses," and I picked up the latest issue of New Jersey Life magazine (which includes an interview with Clarence Clemons and the annual A List) for Rex.

I'm feeling a bit introspective this weekend, with life and death weighing on my mind after our dear neighbor passed away last week. For my birthday Music Monday pick, I wanted something that would convey the depth of these emotions, but at the same time give us all an uplifting message. "Lightning Crashes," by Live takes us back fifteen years to 1994 and the album "Throwing Copper." The band dedicated the song to Barbara Lewis, their 19 year-old friend who was killed by a drunk driver who was fleeing from the police after a robbery. Barbara had many of her organs donated, including a liver to a 10 month old baby, and the song lyrics reflect how her death enabled others to continue living.

Lightning crashes, a new mother cries
Her placenta falls to the floor
The angel opens her eyes, the confusion sets in
Before the doctor can even close the door

Lightning crashes, an old mother dies
Her intentions fall to the floor
The angel closes her eyes, the confusion that was hers
Belongs now, to the baby down the hall

Oh now feel it comin' back again
Like a rollin' thunder chasing the wind
Forces pullin' from the center of the earth again
I can feel it

Lightning crashes, a new mother cries
This moment she's been waiting for
The angels open her eyes, pale blue colored iris
Presents the sun and puts the glory out to hide, hide

Oh, now feel it comin' back again
Like a rollin' thunder chasing the wind
Forces pullin' from the center of the earth again
I can feel it

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Mariuca said...

Hi sweetie! I absolutely LOVE this song! It was my "theme song" back in my uni days, thanks for the walk down memory lane, awesome MM pick from u this week! :):):)

Mariuca said...

B will be home from Cannes in less than an hour, I did not sleep the whole night and now I am so sleepy! But I have my MM posts all ready to post at midnight, come chop! :):):)

Mister Scott said...

one of my all time favorite songs--great pick! :)

Lily Arbee said...

I kind of like the song when I hear it. Nice! Thanks for sharing.


Marites said...

beautiful song and a tragic story behind the song. My MM is up too.

Lynne said...

Happy Birthday! Sounds like a wonderful place to spend the weekend. :-D

LadyJava said...

Happy Happy Birthday Roxy!!
Hope you're having a wonderful one!!
Love the song..
Happy MM!!

Mariuca said...

Happy birthday too sweetie, hope u had a big yummy choc cake! :)

Spicybugz said...

Happy Birthday Roxy I hope your day was great!!