Do you have a song that resonates with your heart.
Is it the song or perhaps the time or context that you first heard it.
Emotionally, a scrapbook of memories come to mind, perhaps.
This is the role or function of the new troubadour, to express in words and music what we would like to say.
Radio, TV and the internet make music more readily available than any other time in history.
The jump in light years from the early 80's when MTV was the centerpiece of the house, to hoarding music on earbuds and private files has been quite a leap.
Oddly enough, cable TV had a lot to do with that transition when more channels were added in the early 90's and a big selling point was innumerable channels at the end of the band reserved just for music, different formats and styles with no picture only sound, who turns on their TV just to listen like it were an FM band.
That is what is so unique about growing up with a radio always playing in the background, everyone within earshot knew all the latest popular songs regardless what style or format, a mixture of sounds and ideas addressed to the mainstream.
I do believe Sting Fields Of Gold may have been one of the last popular tunes to be playing in the background on the radio at all our houses in the neighborhood, right before the album format died.
Fields of Gold is the fourth track on Sting's fourth solo album released in 1993, Ten Summoner's Tales. 12 delicious tracks, bonus tracks on alternate editions.
In a pop culture starved world, people were drawn to The Police and took comfort the lead singer was not only British, a teacher as well.
For the front album cover, it is very soothing and easy on the eyes to see Sting perched on a makeshift seat next to an ancient castle, and stately horse meriting a knight, research on Wikipedia will show the horse is his, Icelandic descent, and the castle walls leads out to a cottage where the songs for his fourth album were recorded.
You can bet, the cottage opens up to the outlying fields teaming with wildlife, thatch and murky streams, quite a reserve to draw on.
An artist who has moved pop culture along and is at home going back and forth in time, a comfort for us all, an artist steeped in history with far reaching roots.
I can see why Dee would be drawn to the song Fields Of Gold by Sting and why she would've loved to hear Glen Campbell cover the song.
The harmonica and pipes echo a certain sentiment or wave of nostalgia, the reels, ballads, airs of the last century, all the same, Sting Fields Of Gold is an entirely original song in spite of what allure or flavour it conjures.
It's our story, the circle of life, to find yourself in a season and by sheer grace move on and embrace all the seasons of your life.
Mike Joyce sings and plays all the instruments for his version, it's a tribute to Dee, really, I personally feel Mike's instrumentation to be quite angelic. And the visuals, the perfect compliment.
But that is what a good friend are all about, Mike takes you to a beautiful place rich and steeped in history, and we have the video and song that Mike made for Dee to celebrate this rich tradition of sharing music and deep sense of belonging.