Posted by: Henry J | February 13, 2011

Hanging on in quiet desperation …

Yesterday, as a brief escape from the grind, I watched Classic Albums: Pink Floyd – The Making of ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’. I was reminded how much I have enjoyed listening to this album over the years. Per WikipediaThe Dark Side of the Moon was an immediate success, topping the Billboard 200 for one week. It subsequently remained in the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in history. With an estimated 45 million copies sold, it is Pink Floyd’s most commercially successful album and one of the best-selling albums worldwide.”

I remember checking Billboard each week during the late 70’s and early 80’s to see if Dark Side of the Moon was still there. Alas, my relationship with Billboard ended well before Dark Side of the Moon dropped from the Billboard 200, but that’s a story for another time. To this day, Dark Side of the Moon is the only album I bought on both vinyl and compact disk. I still have both copies.

The lyrics of Time, one of the songs from Dark Side, have always held a special meaning for me. Especially poignant as regards my blog:

Every year is getting shorter never seem to find the time.
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines

My high school English teacher strongly encouraged us to start journaling, using Henry David Thoreau as an example of the virtues of this discipline. I immediately grasped the wisdom she was sharing, and I decided that I would faithfully write in my journal.

Well, I never “got around” to starting that journal and I regret that so much has been lost by not following up on my plans to record and reflect on my thoughts and insights. Again from Time:

You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today.
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you.
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them” is one of my favorite Thoreau quotes. I’ve often wondered if Thoreau influenced the lyrics for Time or if the similarities are only coincidental.

For me, starting this blog was both an attempt to avoid “quiet desperation” and avoid “going to the grave with the song still in me,” one last chance to start that elusive journal. I thought it might help to have readers to both hold me accountable and keep me honest. Time will tell if I give this blog any more attention than my long-planned journal. For now, I’m just “hanging on …”


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