My favorite color is green, and for the same reason my
Favorite comic book hero is the Green Lantern. Through my logical mind,
I've always found him to be the most powerful comic book hero of them all.
Who wouldn't be invincible, with a ring that renders all imagination into reality?
Unless the one happens to be the most unimaginative nerd around.
And so, eager me got the tickets to the earliest possible screening of
The Green Lantern. Which happened to be today. This evening, to be more precise.
The show was so-so, but the strangest thing was that instead of the movie leaving
An impression on me, my thoughts laid with the song I heard over the radio.
It was none other than "Landslides", performed by Dixie Chicks, over 99.5.
I remembered having written about this song before - but well, I was affected
Again by the song. Curiously, I didn't know why the song struck a chord in me,
But it just did. It went beyond the melody. I am sure it was the lyrics.
"Landslides" was first sung in 1975, by the Fleetwood Mac, and it was written
A year earlier by Nicks, who wrote it for her father. Nicks said of this song:
"My Dad did have something to do with it, but he absolutely thinks that
He was the whole complete reason it was ever written.
I guess it was about September 1974, I was home at my Dad and Mom's
House in Phoenix, and my father said, 'You know, you really put a lot of
Time into this [her singing career], maybe you should give this six more months,
And if you want to go back to school, we'll pay for it.
Basically you can do whatever you want and we'll pay for it -
I have wonderful parents, and I went, 'cool, I can do that.' Lindsey and
I went up to Aspen, and we went to somebody's incredible house, and they had a piano,
And I had my guitar with me, and I went into their living room,
Looking out over the incredible Aspen skyway, and I wrote 'Landslide.'
Three months later, Mick Fleetwood called.
On New Year's Eve, 1974, called and asked us to join Fleetwood Mac."
Well, the song worked for me in other ways.
"Can the child within my heart rise about
Can I sail thru the changing ocean tides
Can I handle the seasons of my life”
Maybe I am feeling the passage of time.
As I move from being a youth, carefree and careless in my
Twenties to a more stable and consolidated presence in my thirties,
I do feel the changing tides and the seasons of my life.
While the young ones look to the future, and the old ones
Recollect their past, perhaps I’m more aware than ever,
Of the future hurling time towards the past.
“Well, I’ve been afraid of changing, cause I built
My life around you. But time makes you bolder
Children getting older, I’m getting older, too
Well I’m getting older too”
I used to live without a care, and I used to think that I was invincible.
But I am feeling more mortal these days. I used to be unperturbed by any
Mishaps and calamities, for I knew I had time to build from scratch again.
But now, I look around me, and I see the young ones growing from their seeds. And new
Generations formed. We are definitely growing older. Slowly, but surely.
And with age, comes attachment. We build our lives around
Our careers, our families, our loved ones, and honed habits that
We have gotten but too familiar with.
Have I reached the juncture that I will do away with all the
Changes, because I fear change, and take comfort with familiarity?
Perhaps the landslide will bring me down.
Perhaps the landslide will bring us down.