Tuesday, June 14, 2011

of singing songs, of seeking joy, and finding john denver

i  had just closed the yahoo messenger. done chatting with the wife. my daughter had just left for school. it is about 9 am in the morning but the sun's behind thick clouds so my open windows did not catch much of the usual light from the sun. i found the house a bit dark but i dared not open any lights. i am trying to save on electricity consumption as much as i can. suddenly, i got hit by this feeling of being alone. i can hear the twittering of the birds feeding on the crumbs of rice that remained on our dog's dishes and the swishing of the branches and leaves of the tall avocado tree beside my house but somehow these even intensified the twinge of being solitary. i took a deep breath. i know what to do in times like this --

nothing like singing a good, old country song to chase the blues away.

i went to the corner where my daughter's guitar was stashed and pulled out the old guitar from the case. it is her very first guitar but i believe it had gotten more playing mileage from me than from her. she had pasted several stickers on its body and it still bears the graffiti written by her high school classmates. it has scratches and the varnish is wearing off in some places. what disheartened me was when i realized that the cracks along its body's front seams had somehow lengthened. i remembered her telling me the initial cracks resulted from her having accidentally dropped it. oh. careless youth!  well, anyway, i just told myself that these cracks will lend this guitar its own unique voice. ha, ha, of course until i am able to buy a better one. i gave it the usual fond caress and let its curved body nestle on top of my right thigh. tested the strings, still in tune. i robotically let my left fingers slide over the fretboard and automatically when they reached the second and third frets they formed the finger position for the key of d. this old guitar knows this key is where i can sing more confidently and more comfortably.

nothing like singing a good, old country song to chase the blues away.

i let my right fingers and left fingers dictate how the song will go. they know the chords, they know my rhythm. i hummed the old, familiar tune. one of my favorites. annie's song. -- "you fill up my senses, huhuhummm huhuhummm..". but, blast it, i can't place the lyrics of this song. i can't remember. annie's song -- huhuhummm, huhuhummm.. i know the tune. i can hum it. can't remember the words. i brought out my harmonica and played the tune on it. still, i can't get the correct lyrics. tsk, tsk, tsk. i clucked my tongue. ok, i said to myself, as i turned towards the computer, nothing like good Google to fish out the lyrics of this song. i was able to retrieve the info in less than 2 minutes.

annie's song written by that great singer, songwriter, poet john denver for his wife annie. john had died but his music and his poetry lives on. annie's song goes

 You fill up my senses like a night in a forest
Like the mountains in springtime, like a walk in the rain
Like a storm in the desert, like a sleepy blue ocean
You fill up my senses come fill me again.

Come let me love you, let me give my life to you

Let me drown in your laughter, let me die in your arms
Let me lay down beside you, let me always be with you
Come let me love you, come love me again.

You fill up my senses like a night in a forest
Like the mountains in springtime, like a walk in the rain
Like a storm in the desert, like a sleepy blue ocean
You fill up my senses, come fill me again. 

thus, i sung it. in my own humble way. yet, i'm not singing it for annie. what attracted me to this song beside its melody is its lyrics. as i ponder over the words, it is as if john denver had written it for a different Beloved. so i sung it for the Infinite, the Divinity inside me, the Divinity which is in each of us. and i found joy immediately and companionship.

incidentally, while "googling" and "youtubing" this beautiful song i came across these john denver clips:



and my joy had multiplied. my heart was exceedingly glad. i am not alone anymore in this small house that did not get its fair share of the sunshine today.  my senses have been filled up again.

thanks a lot, john denver!


bani said...

indeed!! that's one of my favourite songa too! really soothing... and makes me rediscover my optimism and love... =)

margie said...

sito, you got the right song..

Anonymous said...

hello, sito! it's bing aranzanso from UII. do you still remember me?

how are you and the family?

it's always nice to sing in solitude... as long as you can manage with happy thoughts, and even with a sad song..


bing said...

that was me with the anonymous comment ha ha

can't get blogger at times!

sito saguid said...

dear bani,

thanks for the visit. :) optimism and love, these are our shields against the onslaught of loneliness.
keep on singing ..

sito saguid said...

dear bing,

it's wonderful you found this blog. i hope you are amused. if you think there are things worthy of sharing please don't hesitate to invite friends to visit.

the family is fine. i am keeping this blog as a something like a journal of things that come across my aging mind.

regards to the family especially to pareng danny.

keep on visiting this. thanks dropping by.

sito saguid said...

dear margie,

annie's song has always had an uplifting effect on me ..

Christopher Dos Santos said...

Namaste dear brother Sito. I love this song; I sang out each and every word (thanks to you adding it) and thoroughly enjoyed the love and wonderful feelings it offers. Like you; I sang it out to the special people I hold dearest and the world in general. Thank you for bringing these warm and loving feelings to my heart.

In Lak' ech, brother Sito, ripples of love to all...

sito saguid said...

dear brother chris,

we must thank john denver for this wonderful gift of song to us. this is indeed uplifting.