Some people might tell us, “We don’t get to pick and choose our memories.”
In the 1968 movie, “Peggy Sue Got Married,” Kathleen Turner is a woman on the verge of a divorce when she is transported back in time to the days of her senior year in high school. There is a scene that has her attending her high school reunion and reconnecting with old schoolmates. While there, she feels for a locket she wore around her neck. Somehow it opens, and the pictures of her current three children are not there. This causes her to think, “Do I really wish to go back in time or be here in reality? If she went back to her school years, there would be no children. Her dilemma is determining where in time should she be.
This past week I had the opportunity to hear and talk with Tony Artra. Tony is a songwriter here in Nashville, and I might say, a very successful one. Perhaps you will recognize at least one of his works.
Lookin’ back on the memories of the dance
we shared beneath the stars above,
For a moment, all the world was right,
how could I’ve known that you’d ever say good-bye?
Holdin’ you, I’d held everything; for a moment, wasn’t I the king?
But if I’d only known how the king would fall?
Hey, who’s to say, you know, I might have changed it all.
Yes, my life is better left to chance;
I could have missed the pain,
But I’d have to miss the dance.
December 8, 2013