When Ernie woke me this morning I was deeply asleep. It was hard pulling myself out of the dream I've now forgotten. I laid there, as I do every morning, checking emails, reading the news, scanning Facebook and Instagram. I saw several people posting about it being David Olney's birthday. I just pushed it aside as I didn't want to think about that. I'm good at that. Always have been.
When I was in grade school my father was in the hospital for long stretches with various neurosurgeries. I went through a phase of refusing to talk to him on the phone (back then children couldn't visit either). I would lay under my bed when my mother would call me to the phone. I have a vivid memory of laying there smelling the dust and playing with the thin fabric covering the bottom of the mattress. Evidently my mother told my beloved teacher about this, and brilliant woman that she was, she simply told me to tell my father hello for her. Worked like a charm.
As I continued to page through Facebook though, I came across Gwil Owen's post of David's video for Death Will Not Divide Us. Ok, that one I couldn't push aside. I listened and watched. I cried a little.
From Pop Matters:
Time, at least in its perceived rigidity, is an illusion, or so David Olney postulates on his new single, "Death Will Not Divide Us". At its center, the folk singer-songwriter reflects on time and humanity as elements in a grand scheme—in the end, nothing separates us. Nothing divides us. It's a poignant thought process inspired by classic poetry and literature, as well as the Bible. Having co-written the tune with Red Molly's Abbie Gardner, Olney says, "I wanted to catch the spirit of Paul's letter to the Romans, Chapter 8, Verses 38 and 39. I love Abbie's line, 'There's a moment of decision when the ground comes up to meet us.'"
And, no, if you're asking, I can NOT think of another songwriter saying, "I wanted to catch the spirit of Paul's letter to the Romans, Chapter 8, Verses 38 and 39."
Damn, I loved him so much. And still do.
Death will not divide us
It cannot separate us
Happy birthday, David, with all my love.