Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Who can say where the road goes, where the day flows? Only Time....

And who cay say if your love grows, as your heart chose? Only Time.......

Enya's music has always haunted me on different occasions.
I haven't been what you would call a fan, but I've always been aware of her music.

This particular song "OnlyTime" has enjoyed renewed success in the American Top 40 charts thanks to its inclusion in a clever commercial featuring Jean Claude Van Damme showing he can still do the splits (even if it is between two huge trucks, don't try this at home kids!).  I love the simple understated arpeggios in the background that help to articulate the steady pulse.  The characteristic choral synthesiser sounds that provide harmonic accompaniment to Enya's lilting melody is a classic hallmark of her music.  Enya has also featured in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, with her eerie music once again floating its way through Middle Earth.

In this holiday season, (both Christmas and also as we prepare for the impending New Year), the song reminds me about people who you lose and how you will cope with your loss.  It also makes you think about if you are coming to a fork in the road in your life and you are forced to make a decision that could alter the direction of your life forever, will you be equipped to make a decision and how will you know if you have made the right one? (Excuse the lack of punctuation, it's one of those statements where run-on sentences just need to happen!).

I often imagine that Time is an all-seeing figure who makes notes and takes stock of what happens in history, records events and situations that play out.  Does that mean God is the surveyor of Time and that even if bad things happens it's all part of what is meant to happen so people can experience good times, happy times, sad times and bad times?

Will what we do in our Time (because we don't know how much of it we all have as individuals), mean that we have to work smarter to make the best use of our Time as a collective to make things happen that make a positive difference in the world?

I love the way the song has a book end, that the first two questions that appear, are also sung in retrograde, and even the repetitive tolling of the words "only tine", which to me also symbolises that our Time in life will come full circle, from the cradle to the grave, from earth we came and to the earth we return when we die and that repetition suggests like the ebbing of the tide, that we are running out of time.

I guess I'm wondering, when do we get to know what Time knows?
Only Time will tell?

Who cay say if your love grows as your heart chose? Only time.......
And who can say where the road goes, where the day flows?  Only time......
Who knows? Only time...... Who knows? Only time.......