Week 298 // Anniversary

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Way way back then
In a forest with the color of the summer
Around the corner heard the echo of a friend
In the music of the laughter of my lover

Oh, and moon rise up
A lucky coin I’ll snatch from heaven just to give you
And on the eve of ever, lifting up your cup
I saw you look my way
The moon was shining through you

Who sets the rain to fall?
Who starts the blowing of the wind?
Oh my love, the storm that’s spinning through you
Is blowing out to see and gone again

Way way up there
A road that winds along the bank above the river
And each of us had saved a flower in our hair
I’d give her more of me if I had more to give her

Who sets the night to fall?
Who starts the blowing of the wind?
Oh my love, the dark you’re staring into
Is breaking into dawn and gone again

Notes
Last summer, Rebecca and I celebrated our new marriage by recording a song together. I recommend listening to “Week 247 // On Account of I Love You” if you are a fan of unbridled sentiment, joy, and love. It remains my favorite musical collaboration of this project, and it is an invaluable souvenir of a precious moment in time. Today is our first wedding anniversary, and Rebecca suggested that we celebrate by recording a followup.

This song is not so much like Week 247. As married people everywhere will know, getting married and being married are two different experiences. Both are powerful and life affirming, but the contrast bears exploration. Getting married is a beautiful dream that you float through with your favorite person. It barely feels real. You don’t touch the ground for weeks, until the daily routine of life reasserts itself. That is when the wedding ends, and the marriage really begins.

We didn’t have an easy first year of marriage. Don’t misunderstand me: our challenges primarily came from the outside, and the marriage is the reason we’ve still got ground to stand on. Our first year of marriage was defined by the necessity of our mutual support, and the refuge that support provided us. This song recalls both the magic of our wedding, and the trials of the year that followed, as it charts a course to an optimistic future. Bright though tomorrow may be, the path that leads there can be dark and obscured by storms, so we hold ever tighter to one another.

I worked really hard to give this song a grounded, yet rambling instrumental, and to craft words that say what they mean. Nonetheless, the true star is my dear wife’s soaring vocal. I don’t intend to wait for our next anniversary to feature her again.

~M.E.

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