Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Forever Love, a new song

A couple of years ago, I wrote song lyrics on the theme of lifelong love and set them to a traditional Irish tune, Citi na gCumman. I asked two terrific musicians, Shannon Lambert-Ryan and Robert Messore to record the song for my parents,  in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary and their 80th birthdays.

The song was a big hit in the Blankenbaker household. I was surprised (though perhaps I shouldn't have been) that the first thing my 80-year old mother said about the song was "Do you really think your Dad and I are in the winter of our lives? I think of us as being in autumn."

This may be the secret to a long, vigorous life: don't let anyone else tell you winter has arrived.

Now, I'd like to share the song with my friends, so I put together this Youtube video. The tune is a traditional Irish one. The English words are my own, rather than a translation of the Gaelic words.

Thank you to my friends who kindly allowed me to use their portraits in the slideshow, and to my friend Pierce Campbell who supervised and mixed the original recording. Thank you most of all to Robert Killheffer, my fiercely loyal husband, who knows his love is at least half the inspiration for the song.