They always say with the holidays comes time for family, love and self reflection (who “they” is I don’t know). With that said, and everything that has gotten me to this point in my life today, I have to say Thank You to MY FAMILY. They are always there for me no matter what. I love you guys 🙂 Yall always have my back through the good, the bad and the very ugly. Family is important…without them I don’t know how others survive. To my family there are not enough words for me to put together…to really tell yall how I feel. I know God doesn’t give me more than I can handle. I see it…I’m a lot stronger than I thought. So thank you for always being there.
To my friends – you know who you are – you gals/guys always have my back. I haven’t been around much I know – life choices got me here – but I love you all very much. Thanks for the advice, love, support and constant jokes!
I love this group – City and Colour. I fell in love with this song when I heard it called “The Grand Optimist” – I went looking for the real meaning for the song and came across the Interview with Dallas Green. Here’s what he said…
Quoted Text: ‘The Grand Optimist’ is a compelling take on family and the nature of religious faith. Green wrote the song as an ode to his parents, particularly his father, who is a devoted Catholic. “My dad still goes to church every Sunday,” the songwriter explains. “I still love him as much as I always did, and he still loves me, but we don’t agree on that side of things.” The lyrics at the heart of the track are revealing: ‘Then there’s my father / he’s always looking on the bright side / saying things like “son, life just ain’t that hard” / he is the grand optimist / I am the world’s poor pessimist / you give him burdensome times / and he will escape unscarred.’ Although it can be awkward to address family members directly in a piece of art, Green maintains that he felt no real hesitation. “I’ve always told my dad that I was going to write a song about him called ‘The Grand Optimist’,” he smiles. “It was partially a joke because it’s sort of an underlying theme in our relationship; he is always looking on the bright side. Maybe that has to do with him being very spiritual and he has Jesus in his life, and maybe I need to think about that! But it’s more about my mom and my dad, and how I can see myself in both of them, and what I take from both of them.”
I’ve included the song for your enjoyment – it’s true for me…I guess I take after my Mother. I don’t think there’s an actual video for the song so enjoy. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all 🙂