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A Winter Song for the Mobsters

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LOOK ON DOWN FROM THE BRIDGE

THERE’S STILL FOUNTAINS DOWN THERE

LOOK ON DOWN FROM THE BRIDGE

IT’S STILL RAINING UP HERE…

Mazzy Star wrote one of my favorite winter songs, and while I’m in the process of being sucked into ‘The Sopranos’, one of their other songs played over the end credits of an early episode. It’s taken a number of years for Andy to convince me to watch, but since he was a good sport in watching (and enjoying) the entire DVD set of ‘Downton Abbey’, I can at least indulge him in this. The good thing is I may be starting to enjoy it.

EVERYBODY SEEMS SO FAR AWAY FROM ME

EVERYBODY JUST WANTS TO BE FREE

LOOK AWAY FROM THE SKY

IT’S NO DIFFERENT WHEN YOU’RE LEAVING HOME

I CAN’T BE THE SAME THING TO YOU NOW

I’M JUST GONE, JUST GONE

HOW COULD I SAY GOODBYE?

HOW COULD I SAY GOODBYE?

GOODBYE…

I had been looking for that zen-moment, the sense of peace and calm and introspection that comes with the greatest television series and movies – ‘Mad Men’, ‘Lord of the Rings’, ‘Star Wars’, ‘Downton Abbey’ – and that keeps me hooked. No matter what else may be happening – wars in the space of future, battles over Middle Earth, or brutal mob slayings – if there’s that zen-moment that surfaces and carries you hypnotically through, then I can enjoy any number of entertaining hours. ‘The Sopranos’ seems to be hitting a little deeper, with its multi-layered look at family, in every sense of the word. And as this song played over the end of an episode, and a son looked at his father as more than an invincible hero, I discovered that moment.

MAYBE I’LL JUST PLACE MY HANDS OVER YOU

AND CLOSE MY EYES REAL TIGHT

THERE’S A LIGHT IN YOUR EYES

AND YOU KNOW, YEAH, YOU KNOW

LOOK ON DOWN FROM THE BRIDE

I’M STILL WAITING FOR YOU. 

“All happy families are alike;

each unhappy family

is unhappy in its own way.”

― Leo Tolstoy

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