Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Coming Home

The other night Hubby put on some music. He does this often, but a lot of his favorites are, well, decidedly not my favorites, so this time he wanted to put on something for me. He chose John Denver. I enjoy most of JD's music, but this time I heard several songs with a new perspective. The one that struck me most was "Rocky Mountain High"...read these excerpts with the female pronouns (ie, me) substituted in (and a couple of other word trades):

She was born in the summer of her 27th year
Comin' home to a place she'd never been before
She left yesterday behind her, you might say she was born again
You might say she found a key for every door

Now she walks in quiet solitude the forest and the streams
Seeking grace in every step she takes
Her sight has turned inside herself to try and understand
The serenity of a clear blue mountain lake

And the [Alaskan] rocky mountain high
I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky
You can talk to God and listen to the casual reply
Rocky mountain high

Now her life is full of wonder...

And the [Alaskan] rocky mountain high
I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky
I know she'd be a poorer one if she never saw an eagle fly
Rocky mountain high

Alright, so I guess a few of the mountain references should be changed to ocean ones if you really want it to be totally accurate...I know these aren't the Rocky mountains, but they are rocky, so it still works in my book.

Alaska is not just a place to live--it's a way to live. It's a life unlike any other. I was raised in forests and on streams; the family spent summers in national parks and hiking the wilderness...but there is nothing like Alaska.

Truly, I have come home.

2 comments:

Mae said...

As long as you can handle the snow and temperate rainforest! I couldn't even take the snow in Seattle!

(I think it took about a year for my patella to heal from falling on it outside Davies Hall...)

katef - www.picklebums.com said...

Oh I like that song too... and you know I always seem to think Alaska is at the very ends of the ear from here... so totally wild and like nothing I like I have ever known or ever will know. Maybe one day I will be lucky enough to come visit your home!

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