Thursday, March 27, 2014

All I want

Thanks to my Mama, Joni Mitchell's album "Blue" was the soundtrack in a very challenging season in my life. Joni sang me through my first serious relationship, she strummed me through college and into early adulthood, and she comforted by heart as my Daddy lay dying.

I remember the first time I heard this song, All I want. It was in high school on the way to our family cabin. Mama popped the album in CD player while we were riding in the mini van up highway 21. I was attracted to every word and they resonated with me in a way that I couldn't even describe. Joni was singing my heart. Then Mama said, "What could be better than hoping that your love will bring out the best in you and the person you love?" It is a worthy hope and it became a little seed that planted itself deep in my impressionable psyche. 

All I really, really want our love to do is to bring out the best in me and in you too.

Isn't this what all our efforts come down to? Don't we hope that our love, our time, our investments bring out the best in everyone? This is certainly what I prayed for in my marriage and indeed, I believe this has been part of God's plan.

So my hope for you today, is that in all that you do, your love brings out the best in you and the ones around you.




I am on a lonely road and I am traveling

Traveling, traveling, traveling
Looking for something, what can it be
Oh I hate you some, I hate you some, I love you some
Oh I love you when I forget about me



I want to be strong I want to laugh along
I want to belong to the living 
Alive, alive, I want to get up and jive
I want to wreck my stockings in some juke box dive
Do you want - do you want - do you want to dance with me baby
Do you want to take a chance
On maybe finding some sweet romance with me baby
Well, come on



All I really really want our love to do
Is to bring out the best in me and in you too
All I really really want our love to do
Is to bring out the best in me and in you
I want to talk to you, I want to shampoo you
I want to renew you again and again
Applause, applause - Life is our cause
When I think of your kisses my mind see-saws
Do you see - do you see - do you see how you hurt me baby
So I hurt you too
Then we both get so blue.



I am on a lonely road and I am traveling
Looking for the key to set me free
Oh the jealousy, the greed is the unraveling
It's the unraveling
And it undoes all the joy that could be
I want to have fun, I want to shine like the sun
I want to be the one that you want to see
I want to knit you a sweater
Want to write you a love letter
I want to make you feel better
I want to make you feel free
I want to make you feel free