sing me springtime
As I've said before, 'I'm In' was/is what my heart needed, particularly in the moments, hours, and days after its release. I will always love that song, despite the fact that it will always remind me of a time of great worldwide sorrow and difficulty. There is still more to say about it, one of these days...one of these days.
In the meantime, now that we're in a kind of waiting and hoping mode for more songs, I can't help but think about what is coming next, and if it will evoke another truly personal response in me. I try not to hope for that, because I don't want to set myself up for disappointment, and because it's super unrealistic. Artists do what they do, and it's our job to simply receive the art and make of it what we will.
But if I were to hope, if I allowed myself to wish for a song from him to make me feel a certain kind of way...I would want a song that brings me springtime, a light at the end of the tunnel, the promise of new beginnings.
'I'm In' was an embrace of truth and honesty in the midst of darkness. It was a song of winter, fitting in right before the end of the year, when the days were shortest and the nights were longest, at a time when people normally gather to celebrate, but celebrations were muted and isolated and a shadow of their former selves. The light of the song comes from within the unconditional commitment expressed, and although it has hopeful lyrics, I imagine it as the kind of hope you have on the darkest days, if that makes sense. No light on the horizon, just faith that the light is coming. Essential and pure, coming from deep inside, and in this case, together with someone who feels the same way.
What I need now, as spring approaches, is music to match this experience. The light is visible in the distance, the days are longer, we are climbing out of the darkness together, and summer lies ahead — believable this time, not as far off as it was on the winter solstice when 'I'm In' was posted. The longest night should be followed by a brilliant and hopeful dawn.
I know Magne can write this despite his frequent claims of melancholy, because he has already written springtime — in my opinion anyway. I still have a special place in my heart for the song, 'She Ig'nores Me, No, No, No', from the soundtrack "Musikk fra filmen Beatles", and it still transports me to a particular beautiful spring morning in Oslo in 2004. Yes, still, all these years later. But I want a different morning song, evoking this coming spring, with suitable lyrics and Magne's expressive voice.
Sing me springtime, Magne. Just knowing you can is a nice feeling, but it's there in you and maybe it needs to come out? Think about it :-)