“I can’t help feeling it will always be, the story of the life inside of me”
Ever have one of those moments when you hear a new song and know instantly that it will forever have a special meaning for you? When the lyrics and the music conspire to trap you in some sort of emotional cage. But rather than feeling confined in that trap you welcome being there. It may pull at the proverbial heart strings, and cause a chill through your body and a tear to the eye. But you want those things. You need them to fill some emotional void. Maybe that song comes along exactly at a time you are feeling especially vulnerable and you latch on to it like a literal life preserver, clinging to it to help you through those times. Well all of those things happened to me the other day. And now just 3 days after hearing it, that song has become like a new best friend.
I have written about the Scottish band Runrig on these pages before. The title cut from their new album ‘The Story’ is not only special because it has the sort of emotional force you need in the hard times, but also because it represents the beginning of the end for Runrig as a band in their long and storied career. They announced that this will be the final studio album together. It does not represent the end of music for the members of the band of course, but after the final tour this unique band will no longer make new music together. That might play some part in the emotions swirling around me right now as well. The heartfelt video certainly does as well, together with the bilingual Scottish Gaelic and English lyrics. It is a meaningful goodbye for them as a band, tinged with sadness, yet somehow hopeful too.
“Ach thig le cinnt la na h-aiserigigh dhuinn, Mar a thainig la a chiad-fhairich mi do ghaol”
“But the day of renewal will come with certainty, Just like the day when I first felt your love”
Since watching the video 3 days ago the song has become embedded in my mind. Some of that is because ‘the story’ is about Runrig themselves. But on the personal side the song has come along at the right time for me emotionally. I will not delve into the specifics here, but there is just a lot happening for people around me right now and it weighs on me. It is often hard when you are dealing with tough times to know how to respond. To say the right thing without resorting to platitudes and words you hear everyone else say in similar situations. That is a big reason why music is so special for me. It says those things without ‘saying’ those things. This post, and this beautiful song are for all my friends and family going through difficult times right now. Whatever is happening, whatever will happen, there is always a story worth remembering. Runrig have told many stories in their 43 years together, and each of us have our own stories. I hope like me, that you have your own songs to help in times like this.
Thank you Runrig for all the fantastic music!
The Story-Written By Calum & Rory MacDonald
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