Playing Favorites 7/16/2022

amy_guitarMy daughter Amy is visiting today from Texas, where they recently moved.   After having them only a few miles away in Utah for three years, it is good to see her … even if two of the grandkids are still in Texas and the oldest is off with his Utah friends until Sunday.   Having her here makes me nostalgic, and given my nature, being nostalgic brings my attention to the soundtrack of my life, Amy edition.  Today’s favorite could be Jon Denver’s Sunshine which I sang for both of my kids, back when they were little and I played the guitar.  But I think I’ll choose a song that reminds me of just Amy.

Lullaby (Goodnight My Angel) is one of Billy Joel’s most touching songs.  He wrote the song for his daughter Alexa Ray Joel.  In an interview on 60 Minutes – Australia, the singer-songwriter explained, Alexa, who’s my oldest and who’s now 34, was about seven years old. Her mom [Christie Brinkley] and I were going to be breaking up, and she knew that was going to happen. During that time, she asked me, “What happens when you die?”  The song is meant to answer that question:

Goodnight my angel now it’s time to dream
And dream how wonderful your life will be
Someday your child may cry and if you sing this lullaby
Then in your heart there will always be a part of me.

Someday we’ll all be gone
But lullabies go on and on
They never die
That’s how you
And I
Will be

In other words, when we die, we live on in the hearts of others.   Even though my daughter is now a mother with three children of her own, I still affectionately call her my Little Girl.   And this song is a favorite because it always reminds me of my her.


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4 Comments on “Playing Favorites 7/16/2022”

  1. Beth finn Says:

    Danced with my father to this song at my wedding in 1997. 💔that song has always had special meaning to me.

  2. Mike Curatola Says:

    It’s a song I had never heard before. Beautiful.

    Sent from my iPhone

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