the music tells the story – somewhere over the rainbow…

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”  This was my father’s favorite song.  Of all the songs that have ever been written and recorded, of all the music that has ever been performed and dreamed up… this song was his all-time favorite.  A simple, yet soaring and beautiful melody pushed on by an incredibly complex musical harmony at its heart.  It transcends reality and takes us to another place that we hear about through our lullabies and fairy tales.  With it’s melancholy chord structures painting the yearning need to be somewhere else beyond where we are, somewhere there is less troubles and less heartache, it’s melody still remains hopeful that there is the possibility for something better for each of us.

In a way it’s fitting that this was my dad’s favorite song. The song’s description could also have described him.  He was a simple, yet soaring man who was driven by the complexity he held within.  He lived and worked in reality, crippled by illness, tied to his job, keeping the bills paid and a roof over our heads. But also, somehow, he transcended that reality to create a better place for us, his family.  One with less troubles and worry and care.  One filled with hope and opportunity.  He would have never seen it this way.  He would have never believed that he was transcending anything.  He would have just said he was doing what he had to do to support his family.  Though I didn’t often understand growing up and many times felt a little unloved and unimportant in the eyes of my father, I have realized in adulthood that he loved us so dearly and sacrificed so much.  And while he didn’t know how to share that love in ways we could easily recognize because he had such difficulty expressing those very feelings, he did it in the way he worked for us, how he gave his health for the betterment of our situations, and how he was essentially our rainbow.

The song for me now is a reminder of many things.

But mostly it reminds me of all that Dad was for our family.  He was this song.  The life and breath in him embodied all the beautiful thoughts and feelings, both simple and complex, expressed in the joyous mysticism and longing carried by the melodic tones.  He was a man who catapulted his family beyond reality and “over the rainbow” many days simply by doing all he knew and understood to do.  We were lifted to new places and opportunities that would have never been possible without his care and support.

I think now too of my Godly Father.  And how my dad is “over the rainbow” with Him.  How there is no more yearning there.  The suffering, the reality is gone.  The work is finished.  And all that is there is hope and joy and peace and all good things that transcend beyond our imaginations and our tales.  There, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow…” I know I’ll meet him again.


LYRICS – Courtesy,

Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
There’s a land that I’ve heard of once in a lullaby.
Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream,
Really do come true.

Someday I’ll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops,
Way above the chimney tops,
That’s where you’ll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then, oh why can’t I?

Somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow

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