Earlier in the year I visited my dad here and it's hard not to compare that visit to this one. It's pretty clear how much my dad's condition has declined from then to now. I mean, it's been a good trip. There was even a couple moments of recognition. But it's also been really hard to see him like this. Several of the days (like today) have been very challenging.
If I were more forward thinking I might have brought DVDs to watch, or downloaded TV programmes or something to watch onto my laptop. But I didn't. I have my Kindle, my laptop and my iPod. And while I haven't been reading or writing for this blog very often lately, inevitably it's music that's getting me through. And it's mostly been Motown. It just seems to fit right now.
I grew up listening to Motown. These were the songs my dad grew up listening to as well and it just became the sound of my childhood. When I was old enough to choose or purchase my own music ... I mostly stayed in the region of 60s music. Then branching out more, but always returning to it when it was necessary. And it feels necessary right now.
These Arms of Mine by Otis Redding
I absolutely adore Otis Redding. I have a bunch of other songs by him on my iPod... I've Been Loving You Too Long springs to mind first, but others too. I go through phases where I like to put one song on repeat and this has been that song lately. I really just love it so. He has so much soul in his voice, Otis Redding. And? I only just cottoned on that this is the song that's playing when Baby goes to visit Johnny in Dirty Dancing. That movie, you guys. (no judgement!)
Wonderful World by Sam Cooke
It was a toss-up whether to include Wonderful World or Cupid in this post. I love both songs and play them endlessly. They're just so happy and those high notes in Cupid make me go a little swoony, if I'm honest. Both are about finding love and they just make me happy. Both songs I've mentioned by Sam Cooke make it difficult for me to not sing in public while listening to my iPod. Ha.
The Tracks of My Tears by Smokey Robinson
Out of the three songs I think this is my favourite. I like the upbeat music, the general tone of the song ... but with the lyrics being quite melancholy. I really relate to this song right now. Being happy, painting a smile on our faces when in reality we're dying inside. I get you, Smokey.
What are your favourite songs at the moment?