Rivers & Roads (Writing 101, Day 15)

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” Victor Hugo

There’s something about music that is essential to life.  It reaches into our souls and expresses the inexpressible.  I’ve always loved music and, after four years of failed piano lessons, played the flute in middle and high school.  These days, I don’t do much in the way of music creation, but oh boy am I a consumer.  Most of the music I now listen to isn’t played on the radio.  Top 40, while catchy, doesn’t hold much appeal.  I tend to favor indie-folk/rock–the kind of bands that you can see in small clubs for only $15.

If I had to choose a favorite song, it would have to be “Rivers and Roads” by The Head and the Heart.

The lyrics are deeply nostalgic, filled with a longing for times gone by.  It’s a song about seasons and change, how people grow apart with time.  The people who are near you now will someday be far away.  Although we know it’s inevitable, it’s still heartbreaking.  I feel like this song captures something we as humans all feel at some point in our lives.  In my experiences and travels, I’ve made some very dear friends who are now very far away.  Some are only an hour or two, others across the country, many across the world.  When I listen to this song, I think of all the people I love.

As heartbreaking as the song is, it hangs on to hope.  It ends with a repetition of the following lyrics:

Rivers and roads

Rivers and roads

Rivers ’til I reach you

There is distance between us, but distance can be crossed.  It may take time and dedication, but it’s possible to reclaim what is lost.  We may become separated from the ones we love, but we can never be disconnected entirely.  The people I care about may be far.  I miss them terribly, but there is hope.  We will see each other someday.  These ties are weakened over continents and years, but they are not and will never be lost.

Take a listen to the song and let me know what think.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

(Today’s assignment included a quote by Nietzsche, but I like Hugo’s better.)

This post is inspired by an assignment for the Blogging University class Writing 101: Finding Everyday Inspiration.

5 thoughts on “Rivers & Roads (Writing 101, Day 15)

  1. Holly Gruntner September 25, 2015 / 11:51 am

    This was my first time listening to The Head and the Heart, if you can believe it. Going out to find more now. Thanks for sharing!

    • Amelia September 25, 2015 / 12:11 pm

      They’re my all time favorite band and are one of the few artists where every single song is incredible. They’re more than worth your time.

  2. paradoxicalsprite September 26, 2015 / 1:47 am

    Hey Amelia, this may be a random question but was just wondering how you designed the quote in the beginning. Is it a setting that you get when you create a new post on WordPress or part of your blog theme? Because I just get the grey square without a colorful line when I include a quote.

    Hope you can help 🙂

    • Amelia September 26, 2015 / 8:12 am

      Hey there! The quote is part of a setting when you create a post in WordPress. In the formatting bar (where you can do bold, italic, make links, etc.) there is a block quote button. It looks different for every theme, but the option is there for all! Hope this helped! 🙂

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