Over the holidays I rediscovered an old friend. It must have been ten years or more since we were together on a regular basis. We were close. I speak of the band R.E.M. What ever happened to them? I'm sure they are still out there. I still like their older stuff from the late 80's.
To the best of my recollection, I owned the album 'Document' three times. Once on a tape I wore out, and twice on CD. There it was, along with the album 'Monster', hidden away in our infrequently used sixty CD changer. I ripped both to our PC and transferred to my iPod. At this point I think I've listened to it three times through.
Daysleeper, Losing My Religion, Can't Get There From Here...and on, and on.
I think it's the ability of this music in particular to take me back to a time in life. A time with less responsibility, pressure, worries, cancer. Music can be a temporary escape from reality....
And so I conclude blog entry number two hundred with these thoughts; What lies ahead? What will happen to me? How long will the good news continue? When will things change? How hard will the battle be?
I hope most of these questions remain unanswered for a long, long time.