Breakfast in America

 

“It was early morning yesterday, I was up before the dawn.
And I really have enjoyed my stay, but I must be moving on.”

I went running with my friend Tim this morning for the first time in the 43 years we have known each other. Recalling the countless times we have had breakfast together, after all nighters studying for finals, or shooting up around the campfire over coffee, or after driving east, all night from Rushmore to see the rising sun kiss the midwest horizon before us.

As we came around a bend in the trail, two women appear to our left, squatting against a tree relieving themselves. I waved as we went by saying good morning. “You see Tim,  running is fun.”

Breakfast in America is one of a thousand soundtrax that invoke my history with you Tim. You have been there at every turn in my life. And now that yours is over, I’m going to have to find my own way through these woods. Here’s the thing. As scary as that seems, I have a pretty good sense of where I’m going, thanks to you, and I’ll always love you for that, and for being my brother and my friend.

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Mercury Falling

 

Celebrating Sting’s birthday, and my last run here in Whispering Pines. Mercury Falling is a beautifully soft, melancholy work that frames the hope, desire, and optimism that inevitably comes with the turn of the seasons.

I walked out this morning
It was like a veil had been removed from before my eyes
For the first time I saw the work of heaven
In the line where the hills had been married to the sky

I was brought to my senses
I was blind but now that I can see
Every signpost in nature
Said you belong to me

Reprise: I woke up to the hounds of winter. Over the past 25 years Sting has put out a lot of records, and in my mind, there is not a bad one in the bunch. This one is perfect, early in morning, on a blanket of freshly fallen snow.

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