Dragging My Feet On Baker Street
A Short Interview With My Son, Matthew
I like listening to music from when I was younger growing up. There’s nothing wrong with some of the music being produced today, but the music you grow up listening to when you are a pre-teen, teen, and young adult, I believe, influences your perception of life.
So when my son Matthew wanted to know the name of a song I had playing from a cd in the car while taking him to work, I started wondering what caught his interest. It has been a few weeks since he downloaded Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty onto his iPhone. Today, I wrote down just a few questions to ask him.
Me: Matthew. What do you like about the song Baker Street ?
Matthew: I like the saxophone.
Me: Just the saxophone?
Matthew: I like the sound. The tone quality of the instruments.
Me: Do you relate to the story in the song?
Matthew: No. I don’t relate to the story because I don’t listen to the lyrics. I just listen to the instrumentation. (Gestures with his arms) Why?
Me: Because I’m interviewing you.
Matthew: (Gestures again with his arms, hands out) But why?
Me: Because we have a communication problem.
Matthew: (Rolls eyes and goes back to playing on his iPhone)
Me: Do you think this song could be covered by a current group and sound just as good?
Matthew: No, because the original is the best as always.
Whether he knows it or not, if he listened to the lyrics, he may be able to relate to the song. I know as an adult, I feel the relation between the song and my life as a divorced dad.
You used to think that it was so easy,
You used to say that it was so easy,
But your trying, your trying now
Another year then you’ll be happy,
Just one more year and you’ll be happy,
But you’re crying, you’re crying now
Gerry Rafferty’s song is an instrumental masterpiece of storytelling reflecting on hopes, dreams, and the harsh realities we face as we grow through the challenges of adulthood.
It is as relevant today as it was when I was listening to it on the radio growing up. Things don’t go as we plan. We have to make hard choices: Stay where we are or move on. Keep people in our lives or let them go.
Sometimes it hurts and we end up crying, trying to get through one more year so we can be happy again. No, it’s not easy. But we have got to keep trying.