Saturday, March 21, 2015
I love lessons that run counter to the usual human discourse. And so I was delighted to read the story of the sleeper hit song "Sail".
"Sail" is a song by a Aaron Bruno with a group called Awolnation. I, like a lot of people, millions of people, like the song, but my liking it is entirely beside the point. The point is that a musician, without a huge amount of success behind him, recorded this song. He did it in one take and the engineer on the song thought they needed another because of some distortion. Aaron Bruno said, in response to this "Who cares? No one's gonna care about this song anyway."
Fame and fortune followed. It's one of the most successful songs of the past five years.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once wrote:
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.
I guess that's one of ol' Longfellow's footprints there. But I am going to defy the whole point of Longfellow's poem and say: The ocean will wash away even footprints in the sands of time.
I, for one, will try to take heart from that. And you can too, if you want. It hardly matters. One day very soon it will all be forgotten.