Sunday Morning Opera: The Day the Music Died

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There are no words, there is no music.

There is only a raw emptiness.
My heart aches for four children who are now without a father.
My heart cries with his wife.
Once again opera has broken our hearts.
According to Billy Joel, only the good die young.
There are those who fill find comfort in his music.
I still can’t listen to John Denver without crying.
These past few years, I’ve been through so much death and heartache.
This is the loss that hurts the most.
I relied on the beauty of his voice to sustain me in times of trouble.
And now – it is silenced for ever.

When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom
“Let it be”
And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom
“Let it be”

[Chorus]
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom
Let it be

[Verse 2]
And when the brokenhearted people
Living in the world agree
There will be an answer
Let it be
For though they may be parted
There is still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer
Let it be

[Chorus]
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Yeah there will be an answer
Let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom
Let it be

I’ve made it through five years of pain and heartache without crying – until I wrote this. Now, though, the tears have begun. I don’t know if that’s good or bad. All I know is it hurts. I can’t handle much more pain and hurt in my life. That’s all I’ve known since 2010.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff—
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
my whole life long.

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