The first time I heard Pink Floyd’s music was when I was 17. (that was a year before my mother passed away)
I was working as a waitress in an Italian Restaurant, and the owner played me a song which went like this…
Come in here, dear boy, have a cigar,
You’re gonna go far,
You’re gonna fly high,
You’re never gonna die,
You’re gonna make it if you try…
Steve, wherever you are now, thank you for introducing me to Pink Floyd!
Talking about Pink Floyd…
Amanda Palmer recently did a Pink Floyd cover called “Mother” (link) which really resonated with me. It’s like a lullaby for our troubled times.
“People have said that lullabies are the space to sing the unsung,” Pettit said. “A place to say the unsay-able. You’re alone. Nobody is listening, and you can express the feelings that are not okay to express in society.”
Thank you Amanda for having ‘balls’ to sing the unsung, to say the unsay-able … also
“There is no… attempt to threaten, frighten or construct a scene,” Lorca said, “only to thrust the child into the song, alone and unarmed, a little knight defenseless against his mother’s reality.”
Being a mother myself raising 2 boys, living in a world where (and I quote Kevin from Twitter).. “there is no shortage of infantile man-child’s running countries at the moment”
this mama doesn’t want all your nightmares come true..
this mama doesn’t want to put all her fears into you…
Mama wants you to fly, sing and dream..to climb over all the walls..
anyway….so my friend Lavender Fishoek recently told me about the story of David Blaine and his mother…she said it reminded her of me and my boys…WOW…seriously!!? this is the best compliment anyone has given me recently. But also an eye-opener and reminder, because I must admit, that after watching the interview, I realized that the older my boys get, the less I do things like that with them anymore…to really be in the moment-to go search for ‘King Kong’.
The story goes:
“One time I was walking through the park. And I was late. And she (his mother) was walking me before she had to go to work. And I was like: “Mom look! There is King Kong!” and instead of her saying: “No, no, we’re late, let’s go..” She said: “Where?”
So we walked all the way over and it was just a log.
But the idea that she let me imagine and believe and didn’t want to stifle that – that is what made her so incredible” – David Blaine
You can watch the full interview (which is very insightful about many things including fears and some advice from Mike Tyson) here
On that note…goodnight friends. Sweet dreams
P.S recent earworm: Mutter
Let us not forget that the fundamental object of the lullaby is to put the child that is not sleepy, to sleep. They are songs for the hours and moments when the child feels like playing. In Tamames they sing:
Sleep, sleep, my child,
I have things to do,
wash your clothes
sit me down to sew.