NaNoWriMo started slow. I did no planning and finally decided to write my family history – a subject I enjoy a lot. It is also a subject I wanted to ensure was accurate which lead me into some very interesting but very deep rabbit holes.
Last weekend I got my flu shot which caused me to experience two days of dizzy spells. Then last Friday hubby and I both got our COVID Moderna boosters. We both ran fevers, mine accompanied extreme joint pain and a miserable headache for two days.
Long story short, I am giving myself a break. I am not pushing for 50,000 words in 30 days. I am writing, but this year, the deadline has to be of my own making.
This week the theme is songs that feature the lyrics of either Past, Present, or Future.
Losing someone we love impacts us in deep and meaningful ways – often lasting a lifetime. Hopefully we have all learned by now to say all the things we want to say so we are left with no regrets.
”The Living Years” was written by Mike Rutherford (founder of Mike + The Mechanics) and B.A. Robertson. Both writers lost their fathers and each wrote part of the lyrics based on their personal experience. The music was composed with only the first verse penned. The other verses would come later.
Paul Carrack, lead vocalist on this song also lost his father when he was eleven.
Released in December of 1988, the song would reach #1 in the US, Canada, Australia, and Ireland. It would make it to the #2 spot in the UK.
This song pushed Mike + The Mechanics onto the Adult Contemporary radio stations which impacted their radio time on rock stations in the US. When they released new rock singles, they had a difficult time getting AirPlay in the US.