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This interview originally appeared in Mindful Melody Issue 9, which you can purchase here.
Last issue, I wrote a piece on Scotty McCreery’s ‘The Waiter’, which tells the moving tale of an elderly man who returns to the same restaurant each Friday to talk to himself. We later find out that he’s actually talking to his deceased wife, as they used to visit that very place every week for their date night.
It’s a heartbreaking story, but every time I listen to it it brings home a very lucid appreciation of the people I have in my life, and it reminds me to try and make the most of the time we have together. It’s a three-minute burst of wisdom that never fails to refresh my priorities and shift my perspective back to what really matters.
So I thought it would be fun to explore some similar songs that have both a beneficial and striking message that captures a particular ‘Lyrical Life Lesson’, that can in turn help us with our mental wellbeing. Forgive me - to use one of Boris Johnson’s favourite phrases - but I suspect there will be quite a few Country songs featuring in this section, simply because of the fact that compelling storytelling is pivotal to so much of the music in this genre.
Following on from McCreery’s ‘The Waiter’, this issue I’ve chosen Kenny Chesney’s philosophical track, ’Don’t Blink’. It opens with Chesney watching a man who’s just turned 102 being interviewed on the news, and the reporter asks him if he’s learned ‘the secret to life’ in the many years he’s spent on Earth.
His answer is tinged with sadness, as he looks up from his pipe, laughs, and reveals his answer -
“Don't blink, just like that you're six years old
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