Friday, June 29, 2012

taxi

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i've been looking up music the last couple of days- music from my past-when i was somewhere between 15 and 21- probably my favorite was "taxi" by the late harry chapin- i have been crying as i listened to it, i'm not really sure why, but it has stirred up so many feelings -

harry died in 1981, as he was going to a world hunger benefit concert-- his song "taxi" talks about a guy who drives a taxi and this one night he picks up his last fare for the night- it is an old girlfriend- she doesn't recognize him at first- she has married up in life- he talks about she was going to be an actress and he was going to learn to fly-and she's "acting" happy inside her handsome home and he, he's flying in his taxi taking tips and getting stoned- he goes flying so high when he's stoned-

to me it has always been one of the saddest songs- a song of regret and life not turning out and dreams not fulfilled---as i was looking this song up i discovered the "sequel" to "taxi"- i listened to it - it didn't really answer things for me and i kinda wish he hadn't written it--

i too was gonna be an actress and a songwriter--life doesn't always turn out -rarely the way we see it at 15 or even 20--but sometimes there remains a part of us that hold that dream just beneath the surface of our emotions and something as simple as a song will bring it all pouring back into our souls and so it has been with my dear "taxi"- i miss you harry chapin<3

       

46 comments:

  1. He was a great voice, I think.

    Music was a huge part of my teenage years. I played a guitar and sang in a band.

    T

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    1. i remember you saying that--i sang but never quite picked up the guitar---i wish i could hear you, teresa!

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  2. I love repost. At least you can remember what you wanted to be at 15-20. Back then, I didn't have a clue.

    Have a great weekend. :)

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    1. haha one of the few things i remember! thanks mina :)

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  3. That was a haunting song indeed. Hard to believe he's been dead that long! I do agree, we do have our dreams and then there is our realities; so few actually do get to do their dreams but then of course realities can be equally rewarding. I haven't heard the song in a long time; I'll have to listen to it.

    (yes it was very hard to lose both of hubby's parents within a month of each other; they were 85/88, married 64 years, we think he literally died of a broken heart; couldn't live without her. It was hard on hubby and his brother; long story but I had kind of distanced myself from his parents years ago, which is the irony of life in that I'm living in one of their homes right now that hubby inherited, but that's another long story :)

    I do hope you have a good relaxful fun weekend!

    betty

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    1. this sounds very interesting, betty--i would love if you shared more---you enjoy your weekend too :)

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  4. We went to high school with Judy Collins. Taxi is such a good song, the sad yet sweet lyrics are perfect. Thanks for posting this.

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    1. oh how cool!!--i will have to share with you sometimes my memory of one of judy's songs---thanks :)

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  5. "Taxi" is a long-time favorite song of mine. The album that the song was on was an excellent one that I used to play often. I recall when I first heard "Taxi". Chapin was performing it on a TV program--probably "Midnight Special"--and I was blown away immediately. For one thing I've always loved the sound of a cello. And I could really relate to the song.
    Thanks for the memories.

    Lee
    Wrote By Rote

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    1. i so related too---it's a deep connection---thanks lee:)

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  6. Nice posting today. I remember my parents listening to that song and others like it from that era. Songs are funny the way that they can connect with us and cause emotion. Enjoyed your posting today

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    1. oh yeah--if i was in the car with my parents and it came on---and being a long song--we would be in the driveway already home sometimes--i would not get out of the car until it was over! thanks :)

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  7. hey, lynn. hope you're well. what a fab post.... i've heard this son as a child, but it's great to learn more about it and hear it again as an adult. :) i wish you a terrific weekend!! :)

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    1. i'm glad you learned more about this song! you too jasmine :)

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  8. Wonderful song! Music is an amazing and important part of life. Really enjoyed this post. Have a good weekend!

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    1. it really is such a trigger in life---you too dana!

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  9. Great song! Thanks for reposting this for us and have a terrific weekend.

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    1. so glad you like it and you too christine!

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  10. I tear up at that song also but I always felt sorry for them, that they weren't satisfied with the 'choice' that they had made in life and that they had just resigned themselves to just 'be' where they landed.

    Have a very happy weekend! xo

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    1. i know---it is so sad isn't it---you too--thanks sherri :)

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  11. My life also did not turn out the way i thought. No complaints, just not what I thought would happen when I was 20.

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    1. i know what you mean--i actually had the chance to be a performer/singer/songwriter and walked away--it was what was suppose to happen--thanks juli :)

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  12. Life doesn't always turn out the way we envision it, but I think it turns out the way it's supposed to.

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    1. oh i think mine surely did---we just can't envision everything, huh----thanks sherry :)

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  13. Always loved Harry.

    Weren't we all gonna be actresses, BUT when you consider 'All the worlds a stage', it didn't turn out so badly after all.

    Great post. A nice memory.

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    1. you got that right--we are all just players huh----thanks :)

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  14. Every time I hear this song, I always ask if they would be any happier if they had stayed together. That's just how my mind works.

    Julie.

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    1. i know---i think they would have---they just chose the wrong paths---thanks julie :)

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  15. Both music and scent have very particular neural ties to memory. Lynn, I love that you took this journey and then blogged about it.

    Here's to Harry. And to the actress and songwriter who still thrives in you.

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    1. both really do bring a lot of stuff back to our hearts and memories----thanks always suze :)

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  16. I had never heard this song before but it is beautiful. Thanks for posting. Life never seems to turn out as we planned

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    1. i know--life always surprises us, huh--i am glad you liked the song--thanks heather :)

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  17. Ah yes. Makes me kind of all sad and achy inside. I think you're about it being one of the saddest songs ever. The thing is, as long as we are alive we can dream. And as long as we can dream, we can reach/work towards them. Maybe it's not what the 15 year old dreamed of but it's still your dream.

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    1. it sounds like you really get and feel the song too!--so right about our dreams--thanks bish :)

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  18. You know, I've heard this song before, but didn't know who it was that sang it. Now I know. Thanks, Lynn! :)

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    1. oh yeah--one of the saddest--thanks small:)

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  20. Life may not turn out as we expect, but sometimes it turns out better.

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    1. oh for sure--i am happy with what my life has been so far ;)--thanks lynda :)

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  21. I remember the song, but never took the time to really listen to it. Until now. Thanks for sharing!

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