Fire and Rain

Someone I was very close to here in France died unexpectedly last July. Cut a long story short, I finally got the urn containing the ashes of this person this morning. The urn is now sitting on the dining room table, where this person always used to be seated (the dining room table is massive, and seats 12 people, and is only used on special occasions – most meals are taken at the table in the kitchen, in case you think I’m being overly morbid).

Next month we’re going to have a ceremony with family and friends, when we will scatter the ashes into the river Vienne, which is one of the four great rivers of France. This song kinda sums up how I’m feeling at the moment; and I know that readers of this blog have suffered similar loses recently, so please post links to music that helped you get through it…

(YouTube really are a piece of shite – they blocked my previous embed of this song)

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3 Responses to Fire and Rain

  1. JOML says:

    Sorry to hear about your friend, Rob, but music is always a good way to appreciate memories in a positive way. The following is a song from one of the Proclaimers earlier albums. It is a love song…
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6BDj4mr0fBc
    … but it was a few years before I realised the ‘love’ in question was Hibs football club! My cousin died unexpectedly early summer, leaving his partner and two teenage children. He was a Hibs fan and here they all are after winning the Scottish Cup for the first time in over 100 years. Great viewing and clearly a love song!
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LeHkQYDoVJ0

    • Rob Godfrey Rob Godfrey says:

      John, I’ve been to many big sporting occasions, but I have to say that the Hibs fans leave everyone else standing. Quite extraordinary stuff that I’ve never seen repeated anywhere else.

      They must be terrified of you!

  2. JOML says:

    Rob, I know you don’t know Gaelic, but this is as pure as you can get. My mother died on new year’s day this year, and she was a native speaker from North Uist. This is a young man singing a love song ‘Eilldh’, and there’s an abundance of youngsters keeping the Gaelic culture alive – my own two included (despite my Gaelic being closer to yours! ?)
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nddfYKukNLc
    Slainté

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