Dear Mr. A-Z,
One of life’s great joys is realizing when a song is grafting itself to a memory. And while you’ve managed to score many memory points within my noodle prior, you’ve scored the big one and managed to weave your magic into my fondest memory to date. I recently wed the kindest, loveliest and plain bestest woman that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. Our gift to ourselves was a week’s respite from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives on the quiet North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.
Newlywed and dizzy from the beauty surrounding us, we turned to the local radio to provide the soundtrack as we bounced from beach to beach soaking in the sun and celebrating the love and life we’ve lived so far and what lies ahead. To my surprise, there was one song that seemed to follow us everywhere and that song was “I’m Yours”. I recognized it from one of the many live recordings that I’ve collected over the years, but had never expected to hear it on the radio. I swear we must have heard it twenty times during the week.
From Haleiwa to Kualoa Ranch to Waikiki to Sunset and Pipeline you followed us on our every adventure. It was, as if some perfect bit of irony, the last song we heard as we returned the rental car. These simple and beautiful words to a tune that seemed almost perfectly Hawaiian made us smile time and time again…
Well open up your mind and see like me
Open up your plans and damn you’re free
Look into your heart and you’ll find love love love
Listen to the music of the moment maybe sing with me
A lá peaceful melody
It’s your God-forsaken right to be loved love loved love loved
Mahalo Jason, for the gift you’ve shared with us.
Michael & Christine
Jason Mraz –
I’m Yours (Live) (MP3)
And because I love to share, a photo taken by yours truly @ Sunset Beach…