Sunday, 3 April 2016

Keep breathing. . .

As we draw towards the middle of the year, we start to think about what we promised ourselves we would do this year.  All of the good intentions from January, all ablaze with our New Year's Resolutions ringing in our ears- have we kept to what we set out to do or have we shelved them together with the memories of the first day of the year in the backs of my minds?

The storm is coming but I don't mind
People are dying, I close my blinds
All that I know is I'm breathing now

When the world can threaten to overwhelm you with all of its darkness and despair, it can be natural that you would close your blinds.  Why would you want to see that all the time?  I think the more we see pain and suffering in this way. we become desensitised to it.  I'm not saying that we should ignore the plights of what people experience in war torn countries, famine, disease and hunger that leads to malnutrition that has pretty much peppered television commercials from my childhood have firmly cemented themselves in the everyday news cycle.  I am sure that we all try to do our own little bit to do what we can to contribute something better to the world.  At least that is the hope and the good intention.

I want to change the world
Instead I sleep
I want to believe in more than you and me

How can we change the world for the better?  Especially when the world doesn't seem to want to change?  You would probably be better off asleep and getting some well earned rest, particularly when you're prone to not really resting anyway, because you have so much to do.  Do you believe in more than a connection, a friendship or a relationship?  We must not forget that we have to think about believing in something bigger than ourselves - whether it be a higher power or something that determines our destiny; that we are moving towards reaching our goals that were set in stone before we even became an apple in our mother's eyes.


But all I know is I'm breathing
All I can do is keep breathing
All we can do is keep breathing now
Now. . . now. . . now. . . 

Do you sometimes forget how to breathe?  It seems like it's a simple straightforward exercise that we will never forget how to do.  From the moment we are born, it's the only signal that allows parents to know when their child is alive - when a huge gulp of air precedes the forceful cry that emanates from a newborn's lungs through to his or her mouth.  If we can breathe so easily as children, what makes us forget to breathe as adults?  Being breathless can be both a negative or positive thing - depending on the context of course.

All that I know is I'm breathing
All I can do is keep breathing
All we can do is keep breathing

As long as you keep breathing, then you can find other people with like minds who breathe the way you do and breathe together.  We don't even necessarily need to know where we're going.  I firmly believe that decision can be taken out of our hands, whether we like it or not.  We can't control other people to bend against their will, just as a huge gust of wind wouldn't be able to blow off a coat that a pedestrian clutches onto for dear life as they cross a busy city street - we hold on for dear life and just keep breathing.

All we can do is keep breathing
All we can do is keep breathing
All we can do is keep breathing
All we can do is keep breathing 
All we can do is keep breathing
All we can do is keep breathing
All we can do is keep breathing

From a musical standpoint, the continual building of this section of the song reminds me of the tension that necessitates the momentum towards a climax.  But of course, the climax can only occur when there has been sufficient development of the tension in this section with the layering of texture in a carefully crafted way.  Do you go through life with the same amount of meticulous planning?  Can you handle the pressure and stress that may layer itself into your life as time goes on?  Until you come to a satisfactory conclusion or find that inner peace that the outer forces try to steal from you, I hope that you know that there are lots of other people who will be happy to hold your hand, stand alongside you and support you no matter what, helping you to keep breathing.  The last blog post was about being able to exhale.  Remember when someone tries to knock the wind out of your sails and you find yourself struggling to breathe - just take it slowly.  Good air in, and bad air out.  Just keep breathing ok.  How else will our hearts continue to work if our blood doesn't have enough oxygen in the system?

All we can do is keep brea-----thing. . .
Now. . .