Take These Broken Wings and Learn to Fly

We had a huge party at our house this weekend for my husband's employees. It was a a lot of fun, but somewhere in the clean-up, our iPods got mixed up and mine went home with one of the kids. She brought it back to the store and gave it to our General Manager (who also happens to be our brother-in-law) and said, "Whose is this?" Andrew flipped through the playlist, chuckled, and said, "It must be Al and Becca's."

I think you could safely call our song choice eclectic. Also fitting would be schizophrenic or ??. Styx, Motley Crue, The Carpenters, Metallica, James Taylor, Chris Tomlin, Guns N' Roses, Simon & Garfunkel, Hillsong, Earth Wind & Fire, The Mamas & the Papas. If a song makes us happy, we add it. One of the favorites on my playlist is Blackbird, by The Beatles:

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free

This song was written about the Civil Rights movement; it's clearly a perfect anthem for the people of that time, and for anyone who's had their dreams derailed, delayed, or denied. This is the beauty and power of words; they can elicit change and better the path of an entire race, or they can encourage a single despairing writer. Notice that Sir Paul doesn't tell us to sit around passively hoping for our time to come. Take these broken wings and learn to fly. We all have difficulties: full-time day jobs, unsupportive family, writer's block, learning disabilities, physical ailments. Whether we're crippled or disadvantaged or downright oppressed, we have to work with what we've got to reach our goals. Arrival requires running, walking, limping, or crawling our way onward until we reach our destination.

So be encouraged today. Don't give up the struggle! And know that one day you will arise, and you'll know that that magical moment you've been waiting for has arrived.


One of my moments occurred in May when The Emotion Thesaurus was published. Today, I'm celebrating by posting an excerpt on Melodrama at Susanne Drazic's blog, Putting Words Down on Paper.


Donna K. Weaver said...

What a lovely post! And one I needed after this weekend.

Kristin Lenz said...

So true! Thanks for the encouragement.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Beautiful post!

JeffO said...

Great post, great song.

Laura Pauling said...

Those lyrics are truly inspiring! Sounds like you had a busy weekend! :)

Bish Denham said...

Black Bird is truly a beautiful song.

Barb said...

I love that song and your post is very inspiring.

(I could add "There hasn't been any good music since the 60s"* but Stevie Wonder started his best work in the 70s, so it isn't really true.) :-)

* quote from The Big Chill

Angela Ackerman said...

Wonderful post, Becca! It is so easy to suffer discouragement in this business, and so important we remember why we are doing this, and that we can do it if we stick to it!

Adventures in YA Publishing said...

Fantastic post, Becca! I love what it says about the power of words to empower, as well as the reminder that we have to step up to get anywhere! Have a great weeke!


Natalie Aguirre said...

This is a fantastic post. Thanks for the inspiration on a Monday Becca.

cleemckenzie said...

Those lyrics always thrilled me. Beautiful.

marlarosebrady said...

"There's nothing you can do that can't be done.
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It's easy.
There's nothing you can make that can't be made.
No one you can save that can't be saved.
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you
in time - It's easy."

I love blackbird. the beatle lyrics above make me realize there is nothing that can be written which has already been written.

LOL---but I can learn how to play the game, after all as sir paul says, it's easy.

i just need love!

Kristin said...

The CSNY demo album has a track of them singing this one over and over--so beautiful.

Susanne Drazic said...

Enjoyed the post. Sounds like you have an interesting playlist. : )

Traci Kenworth said...

How inspirational!! Thank you!!

Martha Ramirez said...

What an inspiring post! Beautiful lyrics. Thank you, Becca!

Heather said...

I needed this inspiration more than I can tell you, thank you!

Becca Puglisi said...

Kinda sucks that encouragement is necessary, but that makes it all the more important for us to pass it on. Have a great week, everyone!

Kelly Polark said...


I love the Beatles. (and many bands that you listed!)

Wild About Words said...

Loved the inspiring post! Thanks!


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