I was listening to some of my old music tonight. I’m a big Meatloaf fan, because 1) I think Steinman’s lyrics are just amazing and 2) Meatloaf sings with so much passion, so much intensity, it’s nearly mesmerizing to watch him, listen to him. So tonight, I was listening to Objects in the Rear View Mirror (May Appear Closer than They Are).
This is a powerful song about how the past, the things that we experience, things we carry around with us. And while we sometimes can move past them, even be stronger for them, they are always there with us, closer than than appear most of the time.
Though the story of the song is from a man’s perspective of his best friend, his father and his first lover, it’s powerful enough it transcends gender and experience. For me, the most powerful part was the part about the father, because of two things that happened in my life, one involving my father and one involving my daughter’s father. My father is still alive, though I haven’t spoken to him in a couple of years and I’m working on whether or not I will or should contact him, but if you hear me talk about him in past tense, it’s because *I* am not the same person and it’s very likely he is not either, and it’s in the past… it’s not who I am today. It doesn’t mean he’s dead.
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