Twenty-five years ago today, Keyser got married for the first time. We decided to call it quits in early 2001. It was by mutual agreement, and you could hardly ask for a better ex than the quondam Mrs. S. No need to go into details, but let’s say that Keyser and the ex had gone down separate paths…
So in late August 2001, Keyser was driving along and heard a song on the radio talking about how you can never tell how your relationships will turn out.
Who can say where the road goes,
Where the day flows?
And who can say if your love grows,
As your heart chose?
Ain’t that the truth!
I’d never heard of the song or the singer before. Only sort of caught the name. Went in to the university bookstore the next day and said, “I heard this song by somebody called Ennia or something like that. Do you who that is?” Why, yes. Yes, she had. So I bought the CD.
Just a few weeks later and few thousand victims of terrorism later, and you couldn’t escape that tune. It turned into a sort of national dirge for the collapse of the WTC.
Of course, that’s not what it meant to me at all.
And the other piece of music to go with the event was the hymn the ex picked, namely the English patriot hymn “I vow to thee, my country.” This is a poem re-written a bit after the conclusion of the First World War and set to the central theme from Holst’s piece “Jupiter bringer of Jollity” from “The Planets”.
I hadn’t realized how pervasive the hymn is in the British psyche (the ex was born in the UK). Diana used it in her wedding (maybe that’s where the idea came from),
and it was used for her funeral too.
It also appeared in Margaret Thatcher’s funeral.
(And, naturally, given the tune’s patriot nature, there can’t fail to be some vile leftist “ecclesiastic” eager to shit on his country’s heritage. God’s blood, I loathe those people.)
There’s no point to any of this, really. Do the best that you can in life and hope for the best. There’s nothing more you can do.
And who can say when the day sleeps,
If the night keeps all your heart?
Night keeps all your heart…