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Time: Part 3


The concept of time is ever expanding, ever-changing. It’s something, perhaps, that we never feel like we have enough of, but maybe we have exactly the right amount to fufill our purpose in this lifetime, if we don’t fritter that opportunity away.

Internal clocks: Sky starts asking for dinner at about  4 PM every day. 

We each age differently

Decades ago I made the decision to not wear a watch. I suppose that after growing up around my Dad’s time obsession, and my mother’s time avoidance, I just didn’t want to be ruled by a clock. Instead, I’ve relied on attuning my internal clock and it’s generally surprisingly accurate. In our household, our cat Sky has a very accurate sense of when it’s 4 PM. She shows up in the kitchen anywhere within a half-hour of that time, with an expectation of food. Time changes throw her off but within a week or so, she’s back in alignment. What’s funny is we’ve never fed her that early but that doesn’t stop her from showing up then.

As I wrote my way into this concept of time, suddenly I was on a roll, thinking of songs where time is a strong element and then realizing yet again how songs take us back to other times, other places. I think we all are aware of the power of love songs but I’m not sure I’d ever considered how many songs address time. With such a complex topic, I got to thinking that perhaps a collection of teasers about time’s impact on your health — along with song lyrics — might best illustrate that complexity.

These songs date me -- and believe me, some days I feel pretty dated -- but I hope most will be familiar to you. The most classic of all, perhaps, based on a verse from Ecclesiastics, is this song by Pete Seeger. When I read the lyrics, I hear The Byrds.

Turn, Turn, Turn
To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven . . .
A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep
To everything, there is a  season.

Another couple favorite time-related songs 

 Who Knows Where the Time Goes

Across the evening sky, all the birds are leaving
But how can they know it's time for them to go?
Before the winter fire, I will still be dreaming
I have no thought of time
For who knows where the time goes?
Who knows where the time goes?

Listen & watch Judy Collins sing the full song
Songwriters: Sandy Denny

And, from a Kodak TV commercial, popular sometime in the last century. ;)

Turn Around

Where are you going, my little one, little one,
Where are you going, my baby, my own?
Turn around and you're two,
Turn around and you're four,
Turn around and you're a young girl going out of my door.
Turn around, turn around,
Turn around and you're a young girl going out of my door.

Watch the ad
Songwriter: Harry Belafonte, Malvina Reynolds & Alan Greene

Song wall.

From my folk-singer wannabe incarnation

One of those I most loved to sing during my folk-incarnation? It’s about time and it's a love song.

What I’ll Give you Since You’ve Asked

What I'll give you since you asked
Is all my time together;
Take the rugged sunny days,
The warm and Rocky weather,
Take the roads that I have walked along,
Looking for tomorrow's time,
Peace of mind. . .

Take the lilies and the lace
From the days of childhood,
All the willow winding paths
Leading up and outward,
This is what I give,

This is what I ask you for;
Nothing more.

Sung by Judy Collins (again)
Writer: Judy Collins

I invite you to journey down your own memory lane songline. Mine gets refreshed when I show up for monthly 60s & 70s virtual singalongs with Sue & Dwight  (Their newest single just happens to be about time). They reminded me about Circle Game. I can’t believe I almost forgot it. And now it's stuck in my mind, which happens all-too-often for me.  It's an improvement on the John Denver song that my brain put on repeat for several months.

Circle Game

. . . There'll be new dreams, maybe better dreams and plenty
Before the last revolving year is through

And the seasons, they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We're captive on the carousel of time
We can't return, we can only look
Behind, from where we came
And go round and round and round, in the circle game
And go round and round and round, in the circle game

Sung & written by Joni Mitchell

Time: Never enough of it or just the right amount?

The concept of time is ever-expanding, ever-changing. It’s something, perhaps, that we never feel like we have enough of, but maybe we have exactly the right amount to fulfill our purpose in this lifetime if we don’t fritter that opportunity away.

My folksinger incarnation. In my tweens, I taught guitar.


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