It's time for another installment of
A Tune For Tuesday
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"I took my love, I took it down
Climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills
'Til the landslide brought it down
Oh, mirror in the sky
What is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changin' ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?"
Song lyrics are poetry. Some good, some bad. But this song is one of the finest pieces of poetry I've ever heard. Landslide by Fleetwood Mac is a timeless song about...well, I'm not really sure. And that is what makes it so brilliant. The lyrics can mean different things to different people. I have my own interpretation of this song, which may or may not be the same as your interpretation. The best pieces of poetry empower the reader to use their own life experiences to help make meaning.
At this moment in my life, this song makes me think about time. Past, present and future. "Climbed a mountain and I turned around/And I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills/'til the landslide brought it down." For me, our journey through life is climbing a mountain. We walk on the hard jagged mountainside of life, constantly reaching for the pinnacle. Sometimes we realize that we are not prepared for the changes that surround us.
As an educator, reflection is part of my daily life. I strive to climb that mountain and be a better teacher than I was the day before. This song evokes powerful imagery and inspires reflection. It's like a faithful old friend.