What does love mean to me? Love is what you do, not necessarily how you feel. It's not what you do out of obligation, but what you do because you have committed to do it. (There is a difference.) Love is what you have decided, not what happens. None of this sounds very romantic, but it is what works. True love lasts, not because we allow it to, but because we are determined to make it work. And THAT, if you ask me -- the idea of someone fighting for me under any circumstance -- is terribly romantic.
Other than U2 being such a great group, I am posting this song for one reason, for one lyric:
"If you want to kiss the sky, better learn how to kneel.
On your knees, boy."
There is only one way to heaven.
This is a song I have always really liked, but I can also see it playing during the final scene of the first four Angelmen books. As you may or may not know, the first four books -- Amity, Asher, Caedmon, and Malachi -- all end with the same scene, the characters meeting one another and assembling for the Battle. However, each time I present this last chapter, it is seen from a different character's perspective. So each time you read it, you will pick up something new. All of the characters have had unusual dreams on their way to the meeting place -- and some they aren't even sure are dreams! -- but when they meet one another, they are finally convinced of who they are and what their mission is. They have come awake and are alive in their new identities.
P.S. - This song is awesome done live as well!
As I promised yesterday, today I am reveling a song that had something to do with one of the characters in Amity of the Angelmen. When I come up with the name of character, I often start with looking up the character's personality in name meanings. In the instance of this one character, I just had a name pop into my head that seemed to flow. No, it is not Eleanor Rigby. It is her counterpart in the son, Father Mackenzie.
I had just about completed the novel before I realized why the name "Father Mackenzie" rolled off my lips so easily. It didn't dawn on me until I heard the song one day. I had to laugh, as I had sung that song hundreds of times as a kid. So, no, I did not name him for the song. At least, not on purpose. A funny coincidence, but not meaningful. As for his surname, Abel, well, there is some importance there. If you remember what the son of Adam did that pleased God, it will offer you a HUGE clue to an important event much later in the series.
When I first heard this song, at age 12 (mind you this was YEARS after the Beatles had disbanded, and even after John Lennon had been killed), I had no idea or even really any desire to be an author. Twenty-something years later, I listen to it and smile, holding my first paperback novel in my hand. Mind you, it is much less than 1,000 pages, and it is not a dirty story of a dirty man. I think that's been done.
EXTRA NOTE: There is a character in Amity of the Angelmen who is a reference to another Beatles song. Do you know who it is? I will add a special post tomorrow with the answer.
This gets to be my first post because it is my most recent favorite song. It is upbeat and keeps me moving, which is a must to be on my running playlist. The attitude of the song is somewhat aggressive. The songwriter is ready to defend whatever naysayers might have against him. It reminds me of I Peter 3:15 - "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have."
Music inspires much of what I do and write about. I would love to share that with you! So, in this section, I will post songs I listen to and explain why they are important to me. Be ready... I like everything from classical to classic rock, jazz to classic rock, hymns to hard rock. You never know what you will see here!