Saturday, March 7, 2009

... and the soul afraid of dying ...

Do you like movies? I love movies. I watch all the kind of movies, but I like some historical movies, science fictions, police movies, etc... When I first lived in US log term base in 1985 in New York. I loved HBO. I watched at least 2 movies a day. They were my live English materials and I learned a lot of English expressions from them.

In addition to English learning effect, movies could teach me a whole lot more things about lives. Many of them made me think about the meaning of life, encouraged me to make decisions when I was wondering, taught me how I can conduct in difficult times.

Today, I was listening to my favorite radio station when driving and the station was playing one of my music I like. It is "The Rose" by Bette Midler. This song is from the movie with the same name "The Rose", the story of a singer lived and died in entertainment world. She fulfilled her life singing and dyeing in her stage.

The movie impressed me so that the theme song stayed in my memory. It is beautiful song with melodious line. I also liked its lyric.

Starting the phrase "Some said love, it is the river ...", I liked many phrase in the song. It says "I say love, it is the flower, and you, its only seed." It continues "... the heart afraid of breaking, that never learns to dance" "... the dream afraid of waking, never takes the chance." My most favorite part of the song which has encouraged me in many ways goes "... and the soul afraid of dying, never learns to live."

Whenever I needed to make difficult and painful decisions in life, I remembered this phrase and song in my mind so many times. I would not be afraid of dyeing if I could learn how to live. How about you?

"... far beneath the bitter snows, lies the seed, with the sun's love, in the spring, it becomes the rose ..."

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Peter Baca said...


I enjoyed your post! It brings to mind how movies and songs can impact us in many ways!

The fact that you draw many things from American culture is very interesting!

Keep up the good work!

Best Regards

Pete Baca

The Car Enthusiast Online

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Shaw .. what a perceptive post .. & I think you're absolutely right ..
"the soul should not be afraid of dying, we should encourage our souls to live for life .."

Thanks - Hilary: Be Positive Be Happy

Shaw said...

Hi Pete,

Thank you for your comment. When I was a kid, TV program was all American. "Twilight Zone", "Superman", etc... I think entire Japan culture is under influence of American culture one way or the other.

Shaw said...


Thank you for your comment as always. This phrase encouraged me so many times. I like the entire song too. I think it is very profound. Please come visit my new post. I started to post again today (Mar 15).