The star-crossed voyager

Music……it’s so profoundly linked to personal memories, isn’t it? Hearing particular songs can stir powerful emotions and take us back in time – to a moment or event perhaps, a person or a phase in your life.

Elton John’s ‘Can you feel the love tonight’ is one that does it for me. It always brings back this beautiful person who flew off to be with the angels too soon. The song drifted out of a shop window yesterday and he’s on my mind.

Medo…….he was beautiful in every way, but truly a star-crossed voyager on this earth. Though years younger than me, he was one of my best friends – soul mates of the very platonic kind…….with Piscean sentimentality and over-active emotions in common, we understood each other’s words and were comfortable with each other’s silences. To many of his questions I had no answers; I just listened and we reflected and shared.

For me he was someone I could count on, someone who listened and lifted me when I was down and firmly put me in my place when he felt it was called for. And, believe me, there was plenty of occasion when I needed that.

Coming from a musical family, he was well tuned to music, had a beautiful voice and could play a number of instruments. But, as usual, he was self-deprecating and even I had the pleasure of hearing him croon soulful ballads only on very few rare occasions. But I’ll always remember the evening I heard him sing the soundtrack from the Lion King. It was just a small group of four or five of us; he picked up the guitar and started strumming softly. I can still see him in my mind, a faraway look in his eyes and a half smile on his lips. Later, he self-consciously brushed off the compliments.

The star-crossed voyager whose travels have taken him to lands far and unknown………..but he’s on my mind…..

There's a time for everyone if they only learn
That the twisting kaleidoscope moves us all in turn
There's a rhyme and reason to the wild outdoors
When the heart of this star-crossed voyager beats in time with yours