This blog post is a song request for Rita Seumanutafa from Melbourne, Australia.
Celine Dion has been a huge presence in my lifetime in terms of longevity (I'm not saying I'm old - it's just that she's been around for a while during my lifetime with songs - both solo and collaborative). I distinctly remember her cover version of Power of love.
Her other huge hit which smacked her right out of the ballpark and into the stratosphere was My heart will go on for the Titanic movie soundtrack. Her power ballad Because you loved me for Up close and personal was also another favourite. She's a consummate performer who has been performing for most of her life as a young child with her family, headlining in Las Vegas for a number of years, producing sell-out worldwide tours and numerous TV appearances, music award shows and charity events.
Call the man evokes for me images of when you come to that turning point in your life when you realise - you need to take action and face your nightmares head on - and start to reshape your reality. As much as people express displeasure, dissatisfaction and general unhappiness all round with their lot in life, you need to find the strength to push past all of those distractions, excuses and disasters that are designed to drain you of anything positive. So how can you even begin to heal again?
Especially when you have been mistreated, your heart is now broken and shattered in a million pieces on the floor? How can you face the world again when all you know is that they will be talking about you behind your back the entire time (to be honest who really cares about those people? Once you stop paying attention to what they think about you, they soon fixate on their next juicy topic of discussion).
Close the door
Shut the world away
All the fight's gone from this wounded heart
Quiet time on your own is sometimes the perfect solution for some people.
Being able to distance yourself from people - no matter how well-intentioned they may be, can bring clarity and as much as it hurts - it can start to filter and ease in that stage of acceptance - when you realise that even though your heart is wounded - it's ok to be wounded. You need enough time to grieve and work through that pain so that your heart can heal again. Everybody heals at a different pace, in different places and with different people.
Across the floor
Dreams and shadows play
Like wind blown refugees
The juxtaposition of dreams and shadows here means that you are in a state of confusion, as dreams are meant to depict love and light, joy and happiness - whereas shadows give rise to where doubts, darkness and uncertainty live and breathe. For myself it feels like at times it can be ok to dwell amongst the shadows from time to time. The trick is not to stay there too long or you let the shadows consume you.
Call the man
Who deals in love beyond repair
He can heal the world
Of hearts in need of care
Whoever you need to call upon to heal you, I hope that the healing comes in the time that you need it.
Sometimes we need to endure the pain at an excruciatingly slow pace so that we learn never to feel that again - and learn to appreciate the life we lead in a holistic sense.
Shine a light ahead when the next step is unclear
Call the man
He's needed here. . .