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Love Is In Da Blog 2020 Day 13: A love song for a parent & Prompt for Day 14

Hello out there, how are you today? I do hope you are having a good time and if a challenge is facing you that you have someone at your side to catch you and help you through.

I have to admit that I’ve become a little paranoid with my scheduling times and double-check all of them since my faux pas on Monday. No one was too bothered but hey… I want to do a good job here 🙂

Today’s prompt is from Di at Pensitivity101 and is a “Love Song for a Parent”. Thanks so much Di, for sharing this wonderful prompt!

So I chose a song that I connect with my mum but from an artist that my father loves: It is Joan Baez’s “Gracias A La Vida”.

My mother without knowing taught me the importance of gratitude. Even though my parent’s weren’t particularly religious my mother did night prayers with us children and we also said grace before our hot meal at lunch time. It has formed my ideas about food in connection with my grandmother’s frugalness when it comes to food. Her war generation has experienced so much hunger that she hardly ever wasted any food.

But most of all I am extremely grateful that my mother gave life to me. It must have been a very hard time for her as her parents were very religious. I was born 5 months after my parents were married (no not an early birth…) and my mum had to care for her mother who had cancer. Still she was always there for me and lived her life to the fullest right to the end. My family says that I am a lot like her and many who did not know my mother thought a photo of hers was of me.

This song expresses a lot how my mother saw life, I think, and it gives me a lot of strength to face the challenges that life has in store for me and mine.

And yes, no matter how screwed my relationship with my father is, I am grateful to him too. He has taught me good things too besides the pain he tends to give to those he loves. He owned the album by Joan Baez on which she sings in Spanish and I remember listening to it at some time when I was a teenager and revelled in this beautiful language.

Less words now and on to the song. As always please follow the link underneath the video if it does not play here on the blog.

Video Credit: Joan Baez – Topic via YouTube

Thanks to life/ Gracias a la vida via Muzikeum.EU

Gracias a la vida, que me ha dado tanto,
Me dio dos luceros, que cuando los abro,
perfecto distingo lo negro del blanco
y en el alto cielo su fondo estrellado
y en las multitudes, el hombre que yo amo.

Gracias a la vida, que me ha dado tanto,
me ha dado el oído que en todo su ancho
graba noche y día grillos y canarios,
martillos, turbinas, ladridos, chubascos
y la voz tan tierna de mi bien amado.

Gracias a la vida, que me ha dado tanto,
me ha dado el sonido y el abecedario
con él las palabras que pienso y declaro:
padre, amigo, hermano y luz alumbrando
la ruta del alma del que estoy amando.

Gracias a la vida, que me ha dado tanto,
me ha dado la marcha de mis pies cansados;
con ellos anduve ciudades y charcos,
playas y desiertos, montañas y llanos
y la casa tuya, tu calle y tu patio.

Gracias a la vida, que me ha dado tanto,
me dió el corazón que agita su marco
cuando miro el fruto del cerebro humano,
cuando miro el bueno, tan lejos del malo,
cuando miro el fondo de tus ojos claros.

Gracias a la vida, que me ha dado tanto,
me ha dado la risa y me ha dado el llanto;
así yo distingo dicha de quebranto,
los dós materiales que forman mi canto,
y el canto de ustedes que es el mismo canto,
y el canto de todos que es mi proprio canto.

Gracias a la vida Thanks to life, which has given me so much.
It gave me two beams of light, that when opened,
Can perfectly distinguish black from white
And in the sky above, her starry backdrop,
And from within the multitude The one that I love.
Thanks to life, which has given me so much.
It gave me an ear that, in all of its width
Records— night and day—crickets and canaries,
Hammers and turbines and bricks and storms,
And the tender voice of my beloved.
Thanks to life, which has given me so much.
It gave me sound and the alphabet.
With them the words that I think and declare:
“Mother,” “Friend,” “Brother” and the light shining.
The route of the soul from which comes love.
Thanks to life, which has given me so much.
It gave me the ability to walk with my tired feet.
With them I have traversed cities and puddles
Valleys and deserts, mountains and plains.
And your house, your street and your patio.
Thanks to life, which has given me so much.
It gave me a heart, that causes my frame to shudder,
When I see the fruit of the human brain,
When I see good so far from bad,
When I see within the clarity of your eyes…
Thanks to life, which has given me so much.
It gave me laughter and it gave me longing.
With them I distinguish happiness and pain—
The two materials from which my songs are formed,
And your song, as well, which is the same song.
And everyone’s song, which is my very song.
Thanks to life
Thanks to life
Thanks to life
Thanks to life
Read more: https://muzikum.eu/en/127-5403-217624/mercedes-sosa/gracias-a-la-vida-english-translation.html#ixzz6Da7MoLbv

Love Is In Da Blog 2020 prompt for day 14

Jim gave us tomorrow’s prompt:

On Valentine’s Day, it has to be about Cupid

Please head over to Jim’s blog A Unique Title For Me to say hello and Thank you for the music 😉 . Thanks!

Now dear readers

go, find music

and have lots of fun!!!!

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