Somewhere – The Soundtrack of my Life Part XIII

Dear Ezra and Lian,

One of the songs your mom used to like to sing was “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”.  Of course, it was the Judy Garland version from the Wizard of Oz. I think of her when I hear this song. My first choice though is the song and video of Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole’s because I like it much better. I hope your mom finds the land where “the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.”

Love,

Dad

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1bFr2SWP1I

Download the Song: http://www.izhawaii.com/store Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole’s Platinum selling hit “Over the Rainbow” OFFICIAL video produced by Jon de Mello…

I was born in a small town: The Soundtrack of my Life Part XII

Dear Ezra and Lian,

 

I was born in a small town; in the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital on October 21, 1972. My Grandma Plater was a nurse there. My dad worked in the Collingwood Shipyards. I can breathe in a small town. No matter how long I live in a big city or how many metropolises I visit in this world, I will always be a small town boy. That’s where I’m truly comfortable. I miss being able to look up in the night sky and actually see tens of thousands of stars. I miss knowing all of my neighbours, instead of none of them. I miss people knowing who I am everywhere I go. I miss having little old ladies come up to me and say, “I used to look after you when you were a baby”. I got nothing against people from a big town. I’m just not one of you. I never will be. Of course, I know I can’t go home again. My hometown isn’t the same at all. It’s changed and so have I. All the same, I can sing all the lyrics to John Cougar Mellencamp’s “Small Town” and they would be true. A small town made me what I am today. I’m always going to be looking to return to a small town. It’s probably where I will end up.

 

Love,

 

Dad

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CVLVaBECuc