The writing thing. Always a damned challenge. Lines (usually from songs but just as often movies) will stick in my brain like a fly on a fly trap. Struggling at first to get free, then giving up and finally dying. And so it is with the simple phrase “it ain’t no big thing”. I can’t tell you why or when in the last couple of days those words suddenly appeared in my brain. “Tap, tap…check, pff, check”. Sound check complete. For the time being I carry Lita around in my gig bag. Not bad company. For the time being.
Once upon a time I thought it would be fun to create the “soundtrack” of my life. Huh. Did I say fun?! Digital Headline: “Girlieontheedge Goes Into Studio! Doesn’t Come Out! Swallowed Up Whole While Mixing Final Decade!” But you know, I have to remember it ain’t no big thing.
That’s it! Life, career, relationship(s)….ain’t no big thing. Takes the pressure off doesn’t it? It’s cathartic relying on familiar lines from songs or movies. Releases the power of the moment. Several years ago a friend and her young daughter came to visit. We thought it a nice day trip to drive up to St. Augustine. It was February in Florida and should have been sunny and mild except it wasn’t. It was cold, overcast and windy. Felt more like Vermont than Florida. We were trying to keep our spirits up pretending the sun would come out soon. We finally arrived at our destination. Kathleen and Lindsay were seated in the back of our Chevrolet Astro van and as my SO opened the door, Kathleen asked for help getting out of the van. “Help ya down!” was the immediate response from my SO. She knew the reference immediately. So happens she shared a love of that movie as well. The movie of course is “It’s A Wonderful Life”. The sun peeked out just little bit at that moment.
Communication via lyrics, lines from movies, books, etc. can be a kind of therapy. Huh. Did I say “therapy”. What am I trying to say here. Perhaps the only therapy anyone needs can be… “What? Say what again….frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn but if you want to live, come with me….of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world…you talkin’ to me….it’s Wednesday, anything can happen day…..it ain’t no big thing.