Today my late husband Alan would have been 71 years old. Somehow, Life saw fit to deal us a difficult card — a diagnosis of dementia — nine months after we had been married in 2005. Alan returned to the skies in 2011, but his spirit is still alive and kicking, wanting to dance. So tonight I honor him with a mini concert of some of his favorite songs by some of his favorite artists.
First up is Sting with Fields of Gold. Alan and I danced to this song at a New Year’s Eve party just a couple of weeks after we were married.
John Lennon, Imagine. An iconic song of our generation that touched Alan’s heart and soul and became his personal mantra.
Deva Premal, Shima Shima. Shima is the Hopi word for love. It’s all you need.
Amici, Whisper of Angels. The weekend after we’d met, we drove to the Black Hills of South Dakota. This was one of the CDs Alan popped into the magazine. I’ve been hooked ever since.
King’s College Choir, O Holy Night. Alan attended Cambridge University, King’s College, in the UK, earning a Master’s Degree in Mathematics. While he wasn’t a religious man, he enjoyed going to the chapel to lose himself in the music, the voice of the choir, and the architecture.
Paul McCartney, Calico Skies. “It was written that I would love you from the moment I opened my eyes…”