Happy Valentine’s Day!
If you just started following my V-Week blogs, I’m posting a video of myself performing a different cover song about love each of Monday through Thursday this week before posting a new original song on Friday. If you missed it, be sure to watch the first video of the series, my cover of “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley!
David Gray Today:
I chose the song, “The One I Love,” by David Gray, to be today’s post because the song has held great significance in my life, but because I feel it to be a particularly meaningful and undistracted statement of love.
While it’s not clear what exactly has happened to the singer, the song seems to take place in his dying moments. He stops and begins to fade as the world whispers on by him and he watches his love dance away from him forever. The concept is obviously moving, but what makes this stand out in my mind is that the singer doesn’t have to be singing a love song.
I LOVE. Oh, would you like me to add your name to the end of that sentence?
It’s so easy to mimic love that we frequently accept excuses and emotional rushes in lieu of the real thing. Heartbreak songs are a good example. It hurts to get dumped. You don’t have to love the person dumping you. You don’t even have to like them, but you’re going to experience at least some feelings of loneliness, abandonment, and rejection.
Similarly, it’s easy to talk about love when you’re particularly happy. You love feeling great so if someone is making you feel great, it’s easy to reassign the feelings.
This moment is mine alone, but I’m going to live it for you.
What I find so different about this song is that the singer is exploring a moment that is entirely his. He’s not trying to find a way to fill a void or assign a cause to his current happiness.
He has his entire life present in his mind for a few final seconds. He could look back over his achievements, mourn his failures, confess his secrets, or ask forgiveness for his sins. He is entirely free to roam his life without consequence or direction.
Instead of all these things, though, he chooses to spend his final seconds loving her.
The One I Love
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