Photo Shuffle-I’m Gonna Fly Someday

I pressed play on my Ipod and this is what I heard…I’m Gonna Fly Someday By Bruce Cockburn

Taking Flight
‘I’m Gonna Fly’

If you read my last post you know that I took a bit of a break from writing over the last month. I was touched, and somewhat surprised by the reaction I received. More than one person commended me for my honesty  explaining my absence.  I’m sure I have mentioned it on these pages before, but once I started writing this blog, a lot of those bottled up feelings came pouring out. Some of it was heavier on the emotional scale-loneliness, or the car accident I was in years ago for example. Some was about the creative side of me that had been screaming to be unleashed for years. Or some of it was figuring out how to express this new found creativity in a way that people would want to read, and listen to the songs I chose together with my photography (for which I still suffer with self-doubt about). It has been a process. At times emotional, at times difficult, while at other times  it has been a great deal of fun. I think about all of this quite often in fact but now that it is a firm part of my life, I don’t want to change a thing about it, or how or what I write about. 

That being said, I was a little thrown when this particular song came up today. After all, the lyrics are a total of four lines…three of which are repeated!  If you have read any of my posts, and especially these shorter Photo Shuffles, you know I can find a lot of things to write about based on any given song. This is a song more about the music, and the atmosphere of the song however, and at first I thought I would have to give this one a pass and let the Ipod choose another song to write about. But then I realized that the brevity of the lyrics accentuated the beautiful and exotic sounds of the music. So rather than me using the lyrics to investigate the depths of the song, I have here the music instead. The flutes deftly weaving their way around the melody, driven along by the percussion, coloring the song with texture. After I played the song a second time I knew exactly the photograph I wanted to use as my soundtrack. The contrasting grey/blue of the overall photo, the hint of light in the sky, the movement of the birds, the reflection in the sand. They all work to add contrast and texture to the song itself. In this case I did not need deep profound lyrics for this photo. I just needed a song that had as much going on in it musically as the photo does.

The fact that the song comes from Bruce Cockburn, another one of my most favorite performers was a bonus. Other than some of my Christmas series, I have not written about Bruce yet, so I am delighted that I found a way to write about him now. Simply put, no one writes songs like Bruce Cockburn does. From his first album in 1970 right on until today, he remains unflinching in his music. From the vitriolic ‘If I Had A Rocket Launcher’ and ‘Call It Democracy’ to the more wry observations of ‘Last Night Of The World’ and ‘Wondering Where The Lions Are’  he has made a career out of performing the songs he wants to sing, and has never played it safe. In my opinion, this has made him one of the greatest songwriters period. I hope you will check his music out on your own. I am convinced you will agree with me as well.

I’m Gonna Fly Someday-Written By Bruce Cockburn

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All Photographs By Robert P. Doyle

*Photo Shuffle is a new, very short slice of my regular blogs based on setting my Ipod on shuffle and matching up one of my photographs to whatever comes up.




14 thoughts on “Photo Shuffle-I’m Gonna Fly Someday

  1. Hey….read your post after a long time….and your words are so honest and straight……how are you doing?…….and I know it is great to write after you have taken a break……have never heard Bruce before but surely will…..really like your photos and the songs you relate them to…..

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    1. Thank you Shalini! I really appreciate your comments, it truly means a lot to me. Until last week I was feeling kind of overwhelmed and had not posted in about a month. So its been good getting back into the swing of writing again, and also reading and commenting on great blogs such as your own. I’ll be catching up/commenting on your posts too 🙂 I’m okay, but it was an exhausting and long month with travel for family stuff and work and it left me in a kind of fog as a result. Thank you so much for your kind words

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  2. GoodsGivingBack

    New to your blog after seeing your post in the Community Pool and the concept is wonderful. Things become that much more meaningful emotionally when we have a whole sensory experience so the idea of pairing the photo with the music is a great way to engage your reader.

    A suggestion: After you make your way through your own shuffle, you should have your readers submit songs for you to hear and photograph and write about your reactions to those new sounds and lyrics. That will bring yet another level to communication and connection maybe?

    Kind regards,

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    1. Thank you so much Dana! Appreciate such a thoughtful comment. Initially I had planned on something like that so thanks for the reminder. I definitely will try to incorporate that into them in the future. Thanks again!

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  3. Deb

    Never heard of Bruce before but loving the write up and the picture. Will definitely listen to the song after this. Glad you are slowly getting back into writing. We all need the break when the overwhelming appears. Stay well. Deb

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