As I take a drive on a Saturday afternoon, I find myself humming to a melody of a song that’s very familiar, yet I can’t quite remember what it is, until another song sparks my memory; that melody playing in my head was of a song by the incredible Joan Armatrading. To my dismay, I find that I do not have that song in my collection, and so I begin my quest to find it.
It’s really incredible how the power of music shifts one’s emotions, and puts things into perspective. As I listen to the remarkable lyrics, I recognise their meaning in my life. The opening of the song goes “there’s a lot of things you should hold dear, keep in your heart, never let go.” I quickly understand what this means; I see what I should be holding in my heart. The song continues “pride and dignity, a sense of self, hold on” and these are the things I strongly believe as young people, we are quick to forget. We compromise them to gain acceptance from others. Quite often we lose a sense of self, so we can be seen in a light that pleases others, yet we should be seen for who we are, because ultimately that is what matters and that is the essence of us.
With her authentic voice, Joan continues with the melody, and she repeats, “There is more than one kind of love.” Yes, it’s important to have love from a partner, but remember that self-love should take precedence. The love of friends, family – that is what makes us. Because when you feel lost, when you have no one to turn to, family and friends will be there for you. She says when you are alone, you will know you are not alone, and if you’ve been true to all who are true to you, you’ll make it.
The melody and the lyrics continue to put me at ease, as I enjoy this timeless classic of note. I remember that I ‘am’ because someone else is; it’s imperative to remain cognisant of the fact that, we are, because our family and our friends are. Love is really the thread that carries all of us through, it gives us acceptance, it draws strength from others, and though it can be painful, it is a gift that towers above every adversity.
“If you remember your friends, just remember you can call; just remember that passion fades, good friendships seldom die. Go ahead have your fun, but don’t turn your back on everyone. Though the body needs love, there is more than one, more than one kind of love.”