Sunday, 17 July 2016

In the wee small hours. . .

Insomnia can be a very real thing for some people, especially when their minds are full of ideas or they can't seem to allow their minds to be quiet and enjoy some peace; to find some respite in the "busy" lives that we lead. But this only happens when we are surrounded by people who constantly love to talk about time and how much they have to do.  I'm not sure if people fill their lives with such things because they are unwilling to stand still and take a good long look at what they're actually producing, what they're actually doing, and to see if any of it is actually meaningful and has value.

In the wee small hours of the morning
While the whole wide world is fast asleep
You lie awake and think about the girl
And never ever think of counting sheep

There are many versions of this song.  It has been covered by so many great singers over the generations but I can't feel anything as much as when Frank Sinatra sings it.  I think maybe he might have experienced this situation for himself at some point.  Maybe not at the height of his fame, but maybe certainly in his adolescent youth.  Have you ever thought of anybody in this way in the wee small hours?  I guess if you're thinking about her, I don't think you'll get to sleep any faster, but if you do, at least your dreams will be eventful. . .

When your lonely heart has learned its lesson
You'd be hers if only she would call
In the wee small hours of the morning
That's the time you miss her most of all

I think it is easy for your heart to learn lessons when it is lonely, but mostly because when you are lonely, there is more time spent on your own to reflect on the actions that you took (or didn't take) to get you to this lonely place.  If you have experienced love and have lost it, I think it's in the wee small hours that you can play back those scenes in your head and smile to yourself.  What would happen if she did call?  Would you have the courage to change things, make them better, throw yourself completely into the situation by throwing caution to the wind (because it was caution that stopped you in your tracks in the first place?).



(Instrumental Interlude)

The instrumental interlude gives listeners an opportunity to hear the melody and harmonies reflected in the instrumentation.  There's somthing magical that happens when you are working on your own in the wee small hours.  You become conscious of everything around you. the whole mindfulness of it all.  Even while you are working, your mind will naturally drift to where the sounds of the interlude will take you. Does your heart soar when the strings rise?  Does your heart start to regulate its own beating patterns when the swell of the strings decrease in volume?  The pause at that top note before the resolution - I really love that note.  It's almost as if that slight hesitation makes you think about how much you really feel about someone in that moment.  It's a nice feeling and those associated memories are totally natural to keep close by when you need to keep yourself company in the wee small hours. . .

When your lonely heart has learned its lesson
You'd be hers if only she would call
In the wee small hours of the morning
That's the time you miss her most of all

I don't know about you but I get the most work done when everyone is asleep.  There is some comfort in the silence, and it's not necessarily a heavy one at that.  It's more like a subtle lilt of sound in the air, probably why I love listening to this song while I'm writing this as you read it.

I hope that when you get lonely, that you won't be lonely for long.
People will mean well and say things that come from a genuine place of concern and care for you.
It's important to know that irrespective of what anyone thinks about you and how you should be in the world. trust yourself first and keep the faith about what you believe in and what you value, what you hold true for yourself.  There's too many people spending time trying to be someone they're not.  That's a shame.  If anyone decided to call me in the wee small hours, I would gladly answer because I know that they're probably in need of some good conversation. an ear to listen to what they need to share and just be there for them so that the problems which may seem enormous or significantly stressful are in fact. not as bad as you think, not large enough to worry about at all in the wee small hours :-)