By Sue Ann Jaffarian
When I first saw this week’s question, my initial response wasn’t “Oh, gawd, how do I answer that?” but “Oh, gawd, where do I begin?”
Like most folks, my life has been a study in ups and downs, fits and starts, good, bad, and stupid, with flashes of amazing. Overall, my life has felt like a race in concrete boots with alligators chasing me.
The soundtrack of my life would be just as eclectic, with the theme from Jaws playing side by side with A Moment Like This. I wish I could do a mix for you, but I’m not very savvy about that kind of stuff, so I’ve narrowed it down to one artist: Scott Joplin.
I love Joplin’s music. All of it. It has highs and lows. Can be both joyful and mournful. It’s not smooth and easy, but bubbly and awkward, with all the notes travelling together in a frenetic journey, like someone's giving chase and will gobble them up if they stop.
Like my life.
But the last song on the soundtrack would have to be Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. I've heard it for years in movies and on the radio. My niece even used it in her wedding. But it wasn't until recently that I felt compelled to look up the artist I knew simply as "Iz."
It was during this research that I came across the following video of the song. Iz is singing it and at the end of the video is his funeral - a traditional paddle out. It's my new theme song. I even downloaded the video to my iPhone and play it often. To me, it symbolizes joy and hope. Instead of concrete boots and alligators, it conjures up soaring birds, fresh air, and the warmth of the sun, and the love people can pass along to each other.
Thank you, Iz.