Deja Vu

The new year is a time for reflection. After a visit to one of our favorite blogs last night, Babsje Heron, a misty-eyed me recalled my first encounter with a blue heron. It was a magical, surreal encounter because I was alone and close enough that she felt my presence, yet did not fly away. I felt like this magnificent bird and I connected, as if we were the only two beings in the world at that precise moment. I couldn’t even have imagined that anything could have such an impact on my psyche, but the feeling has lingered more than 40 years later. Memories deeply tucked away have boldly come marching into today. Now, my mind is alive with music from the same era and I’m sure this Neil Young song and other Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young tunes will fill every waking hour with their soft, nature- and romance-inspired harmonies for about a week. It’s wonderful to feel those old feelings washing over me as I sing along.

HELPLESS (written in 1969)

from Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young album, “Deju Vu” (released 1970)

“There is a town in North Ontario
Dream comfort memory to spare
And in my mind I still need a place to go
All my changes were there

Blue, blue windows behind the stars
Yellow moon on the rise
Big birds flying across the sky
Throwing shadows on our eyes

Leave us

Helpless, helpless, helpless, helpless
Babe, can you hear me now?
The chains are locked and tied across the door
Baby, sing with me somehow

Blue, blue windows behind the stars
Yellow moon on the rise
Big birds flying across the sky
Throwing shadows on our eyes

Leave us

Helpless, helpless, helpless, helpless”

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