Week 455 // How to Pass the Time

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Come on girl you want to marry me?
Call our friends and our family and we’ll do it up fine
Can’t wait ’til the simmer with our names in the breeze
Now how we gonna pass the time?
We’ll find a way to pass the time
And honey we can do this right
Oh to see the sunshine
To see the sunlight on
To see the sunlight on your shoulder

Some time later from the east to the west
Calling back and forth on a telephone line
Saying your name in the dead of night
Now how we gonna pass the time?
We’ll find a way to pass the time
And honey we can do this right
Oh to see you smiling
To see you smile so wide
To see the sunlight on your shoulder

Oh we’ll find a place of our own if we like
On the beach or in the woods we can do it up fine
And you’ll hear when I whisper your name in the night
Oh how I’d love to pass the time
How do you want to pass the time?
You now we’re gonna do this right
Oh to see the moonlight
To see the moonlight shine
To see the moonlight on your shoulder

Notes
This past week marked our 4th wedding anniversary, and the first that we’ve spent apart due to an opportunity for Rebecca to work abroad for the summer. Her internship draws to a close at the end of this week, and next Monday we’ll be reunited for a road trip across Turkey. As you can imagine, I’m living in a tight cocoon of anticipation. The last time I can remember waiting this impatiently was the lead-up to our wedding. Of course the circumstances were a lot different then, but in both cases I have lingered on the same thought: “I just really want to be there”.

This is a song about anticipation. For most of this song, “passing the time” is about getting to a destination. The end of the song turns around to suggest that passing the time will soon be about savoring moments together, and building upon the life that we’ve worked to create.

The last time I made up a finger picking guitar part that I liked as much as this one, I put off finishing the song for fear that I’d screw it up. I’ve done it before, so the fear wasn’t unfounded. The problem is that I wrote that last guitar piece in January or February, and still have yet to record it or write lyrics. I just noodle on it in my idle time, feeling a vague sense of lament that perhaps I’ve built it up too much in my mind and missed my creative window.

When I landed on this new guitar piece last Thursday, I knew I had to write it immediately, or it would suffer the same fate. I refined the guitar over the weekend, and the words came easily. Lesson learned. When you’re making up songs, seize upon the ones that inspire you.

I’ll write you next week from another country.

~M.E.

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