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“When You Realize You Have Been Loved”

Well almost through the 4th anniversary.  I have done well overall.  There have been occasional moments where I needed a Kleenex but with God’s help I have made it.

I really do not have much else to say as words just will not come.  So instead I will leave you with a Sarah Brightman video – “I Will Be With You (Where The Lost Ones Go)”.    (Kleenex required)  It is from her album “Symphony” which along with “Yanni, Live at the Acropolis”, were played at Joe’s wake.  Joe liked Sarah in “The Phantom of the Opera” so it only seemed right to have her and Yanni provide the music for the night.

In watching this video, I heard a line which never stood out before:

When you realize that you have been loved 
Than you will never be alone 

How very true.

May you always remember that line.

May the sentiment bring you comfort now and/or in the future.

May you always carry on, even if it is one baby step at a time.

Thank you Joe for loving me.  I carry your love with me as I move forward with my new life. 

(The duet on the CD is with Paul Stanley, in the video it is with Chris Thompson.)

“I Will Be With You”
(feat. Paul Stanley)

Leave and let me go 
You’re not meant for me, I know 
Carry on, carry on
And I’ll stay strong

Leave and let me go 
I will think of you, I know 
But carry on, carry on
And I’ll stay strong 

Someone else will keep you warm from now on 
Someone else will keep you safe from the storm 
But I’ll be with you wherever you go 
So you will never be alone 
I’m going where the wind blows 
Going where the lost ones go? 

[Chorus:]
I will be with you 
I’m losing the love I found 
Crying without a sound 
Where have you gone? 
I will be with you 
You were my fool for love 
Sent me from high above 
You were the one 
I will be with you 
I’m going where the wind blows 
Going where the lost ones go 

Leave and let me go 
Don’t look back, just let me know 
Carry on, carry on 
You must stay strong 

Nothing ever looks the same in the light 
Nothing ever seems to quite turn out right 
When you realize that you have been loved 
Than you will never be alone 
I’m going where the wind blows 
Going where the lost ones go 

[Repeat chorus]

Leave and let me go 
Baby I can’t come along 
Carry on, carry on
You must stay strong

Coming Friday 3/30 – Senior Olympic Synchronized Swimming

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Yanni

In honor of Yanni’s new cd, “Truth of Touch”, being released today, here is my Joe’s Yanni story.

“Yanni Live at the Acropolis” was released in 1993 and PBS aired his performance during their fundraising campaign.

I remember hearing PBS was broadcasting the show while driving to work one day.  I thought “There is no way I will get to see that show.”  For you see, Joe was Mr. AC/DC, Mr. Def Leopard, Mr. Poison and other rockers when it came to music.  There were numerous nights I awoke to the “soothing” strains of “Your Own Personal Jesus”, “Pour Some Sugar On Me”,“Back In Black”  and other rock n’ roll songs. 

Walking into the foyer of our apartment building that evening, I heard music blasting and thought “Someone’s having a rip roaring party.”  Then I got to our door and realized the music was coming from our place.  Opening the door I saw Joe airing it out.  That is air-drumming, air guitaring, air-pianoing with a wee bit of air-conducting and who knows what else.  He was so into the music it was as if Joe and the music were one.

I hurried in and set the bag of groceries down on the kitchen counter then rushed back into the living room, looked at the TV and about passed out.  Pointing to the TV I said “That’s Yanni!” to which Joe replied “Yeah!  Isn’t he great!  It’s a cross between classical and rock.”

Where’s the Seed Pod?

At that point I started looking in closets, under the bed, and in the kitchen cabinets for the gigantic seed-pod from the original “Invasion of the Body Snatcher’s” movie.  I wanted to know where my husband was because that man sitting on the love seat air-jamming was certainly not Joe.

Never did find the seed pod.  Maybe I should have looked behind the refrigerator.

Midnight Rendezvous

Since I was working retail at the time, my hours included Saturdays and Sundays. Joe worked Monday through Friday.  Therefore on weekends Yanni woke me in the middle of the night many times.  I would then have to remind Joe to turn down the volume because, even though I too loved Yanni, I had to get up and go to work in a few hours.

“Until the Last Moment”

Yanni was a part of Joe’s life “Until the Last Moment” as he loved the Acropolis cd and played it often over the years.  The funeral home use it as background music during Joe’s wake and it was played for the viewing prior to his funeral.

“Yanni Live at the Acropolis” another fond memory I have to cherish. 

Thank you, Yanni. 

Hopefully one day you will understand the truth of how much your music touched Joe and still touches me.