Love Is Many Splendored

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♥♥ One of his favorite movies and the haunting song from it: "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing"! He wrote the message in the card, mentioning it; and signed it 'Me (SBII)'. It stood for 'Sweet Baby 2', part of our inside thing. Each of us called the other SB1; ourself, SB2. This harkens back to James Taylor's song, 'Sweet Baby James', then evolving through various personal convolutions.



♥♥ The Card ♥♥

For Nellieanna Hay
For Nellieanna Hay | Source

I jotted the date on it: 5/11/97. It was a memorable year in many ways!



Here. . . there . . .

You are ever-present

As the air,

And just as necessary.


The first star

In evening sky

Smiles on each of us

Somewhere.


〰©Nellieanna H. Hay



♥♥ ~George ~ ♥♥


I could turn my thoughts to you

Were they not already there.

I could feel your presence, too

In this warm and heady air

Enfolding me as you do

In every magic moment.


〰©Nellieanna H. Hay



Sweet Baby . . .


I memorize your face,

Double-image of perfection.

You lift me

From commonplace

To all this loveliness

We share,

Knowing that it means

Never to be alone again,

Singing 'we' eternally.

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〰©Nellieanna H. Hay


George Hay at the Lowrey organ.
George Hay at the Lowrey organ. | Source


You say
That every time together
Is like the first time ever.

It is true.

Let's say
It's in our hearts forever,
Always fresh, always new.


〰©Nellieanna H. Hay

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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Oh, Nellieanna,

Love is indeed many splendored! Your love and adoration shine through each word, image and amazing songs . . . such intimate thoughts, so very moving, delightful and delicate as to that one special love, nothing in life compares!

Thank you for such a beautiful hub here. You're the best!

Voted up ++++ and sharing

Hugs and love, Faith Reaper


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dghbrh 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Love and the many splendors are all so brightly painted here in this one. Thank you for this master piece my dear Friend......I would like to follow my another dearest friend (Faith) here..as she so rightly put it above...YOU are the best, Nellieanna....:-)

Votes up....and shared.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Faith - Oh, so 'Right'! Nothing in life compares as "Mr. Right", though it took half my lifetime to find him! He was the dearest person imaginable and he's still alive in my heart, though he's been gone nearly 5 years. Thank you - for your lovely comments and for votes and sharing, too!

(ps - It's so easy to call you "Faith" because a dear friend from long ago had that name, and it fit her too!)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Deergha, ah! Thank you for sharing my many splendors of a true love! Your kind words and lovely support in voting and sharing are appreciated!


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Nellieanna! Up two hours ago? What happened to getting sleep, my dear pot?

Your words are lovely, as always. Listening to your video also takes me back to my orchestra days when we played that song for a concert.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Shan! That music brings back many fond memories for me, too. It's a lovely tune for an orchestra to play! How neat that you played it!

OH! how George loved it and the movie. It was concurrent with so many good movies and songs.


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

I kept the sheet music for years afterward. . .it is a haunting piece. So is the theme to "Legends of the Falls", which we also did. But, then again - I also remember doing YMCA. haha


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Beautiful work Nellieanna...love the music...heck my friend, I love love! :)


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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Oh, Nellieanna, this is so beautiful. George was a lucky man to have been loved by you! Thank you so much for sharing this and your beautiful pictures! You are amazing! up+++, my friend!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Shan, yes; - so many movie themes are wonderful listening or playing. Many of them have their roots in the classic masters. I have a lot of the sheet music, too.

Different muses, different uses. I loved YMCA for fast walking the rrack at the gym! Carried a CD player in my pocket. There were several that worked so well for that activity! Celebration, Stayin Alive, even Love Boat; - many others. I almost danced around the track!:-)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Billy - you & Bev, of all people seem to understand the essence of love. :-) It gives me joy to know you have that. Thank you for the great comment!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Randi - we both were well aware of how lucky we were to have found each other - finally! Worth the delay and it lasted just shy of 30 years, till death took him nearly 5 years ago. What a trip we had, though! My wish for everyone is such a love! :-) There was just the one of him, though! ;-)

Thank you! Hugs.


dreamseeker2 3 years ago

Awesome poem and imagery, Nellieanna! A perfect blend of reflection and words brought out to share with those willing to take the time to read it. Voted it up and awesome, of course! ; )


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Awesome! Your memories of him keep you healthy and happy. He came into your life like an Award.... a crown of love, peace and harmony. I loved the sound of the Lowrey organ, though the Hammond was considered to be the Elite. My 1st organ was a Yamaha..... I love your sketch!

And the poems and the images, and most of all, YOU...

Thanks for another delightful reading experience, Ñellieanna :)


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

This is such a lovely remembrance of true love, and one that is eternal too. You were fortunate to have experienced such a love and to have been and still be so conscious of it. I love the illustrations and music too. I have an old 45 of the Four Aces doing this song.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Gwen - Thank you so much. I appreciate your response and the votes, of course! :-)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear CD - Martie. I think you're right. His being and now his memories are good for my whole being!

My tracking has determined they bought the Lowery in 1958, I believe the year they bought this house. Maybe they built the house around it! hehe! I loved to hear his gentle strains on it wafting up to the second floor, which is actually more like a loft, with the living room ceiling slanting up to the top of the second floor. He played both the organ and his beloved harmonicas very gently, so it always sounded like music from heaven. Ah, nice!

That sketch is so unfinished, but somehow it asked to be included! ;-)

Especially you and your lovely comments! Hugs!


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travmaj 3 years ago from australia

What evocative words and music and memories. And yes - true love comes shining through.

Such special moments in your heart and mind -

A lovely way to start my day - thank you - Voting up and beautiful


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Tonipet 3 years ago from The City of Generals

Ohhh my.... this is awesome Nellieanna. You just brought me back to when I was little. "Love, is a many splendored things".... heard and learned this song from mom and which has become very special to me to this day. Until I finished reading your hub, everything in me sang the song, haha, thank you.

It awed me to heavens learning how your name "Nellieanna" combined my mom's name Nellie and my name Antoniet = Nellieanna... haha what a wonder, you always are... I love you!

Hugs and hugs from me Nellieanna.... blessings of good health and loveliness always. :=)-Tonette


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Nellieanna,

Your writings, musical selections and wonderful sketches & graphics feel like we are sharing tea and the most intimate and loving memories.

Thank you for this heartwarming and tender collection.

Voted UP and UABI. Love, Maria


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Your writing took me back to that first day (and night) in that paradise in the sk. thank you


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Nell this was wonderful. True love is so great and memories so precious. Passing this on. Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Jim, thank you. I am impressed that you have an old 45 of the song! That brings back memories to me! Those little records were such fun and the players for them - so nice and compact, the closest to CD size and convenience for many more decades to follow! haha!

I was prompted to meander off to check out whether The Four Aces sang the song in the movie, when your comment reminded me that I wasn't sure about it, though I'd sort of thought they did. Result was that I could only find one reference to who did sing it for the movie, which was just "Chorus".

Theirs was the most famous recording of it, anyway; though many top singers recorded it, including Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Nat King Cole, and others. Somehow the quality of their harmony seems to fit it best, at least to my senses. When they sing, "Once on a high and windy hill. . ." - wow! It sounds like that high and windy hill overlooking Hong Kong with the love scenes and then Jennifer Jones watching Bill Holden leaving her up there, when, as a journalist, he is transferred to Korea to cover the war that has broken out! Oh, my!

When George was in the U.S. Navy in WWII, one mission was that his ship sailed up the Yangtze River in China, delivering supplies. I'm sure it gave him an affinity for the imagery with the song and the movie. It was timely for me in that Korea was the war that most directly affected my own 'day' and peers.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Maj, - yes, special moments in my heart and mind inspired this when I ran across that card he made for me! That wasn't his forte on the computer (he was an Industrial Engineeer!) - but he took care to learn how to use the software so he could make it himself. That made it all the dearer to me! It was printed out on plain copy paper, though I had the special paper for making cards. I can just imagine him not wanting to spoil the surprise by asking me about that! Even that makes it special!

I'm so pleased that you felt it! Thank you for sharing your response and voting it up, too!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Tonnette, that is so sweet! Your memory of the song from your childhood warms my heart. Now you've reminded me that my mother had wanted to name me Annelle, still using the combination of the aunts for whom I was named, Nellie, Anna and Annie. I think my dad's preference won out, though. Thank you for a lovely comment and thought.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, sweet Maria. Well, aren't we - sharing tea and wonderful memories? Of course! :-) Thank you for sharing my moments of tender, sweet memories! Big hugs!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Martin - that is beautiful and vivid, even though I confess I don't know exactly what 'the sk' is. . . my imagination kicked into full gear. Though I'm stumped, it sounds wonderful!! :-)

Thank you so much for sharing this, my friend.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Rasma! I'm pleased you like it. The weekend is starting off well. We have gotten some welcome badly needed rain, without the drama of storms! Hugs.


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

This was a beautiful journey Sweet Baby 1! If i were asked to guess the age of the person who wrote this - i would probably say between 20 and 30!

Your work is 'always fresh' and 'always new'..

and i 'always' enjoy it immensely!

sharing on my friend!


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

Love is a man spendored is a lovely foundation for the beautiful poetry. As always, you page is lovely and your work is exquisite.


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Almost as beautiful as you are. : )


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Poetry is soothing and illustrations are wonderful. Such a beautiful love story.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Leslie, I love your comment. Makes my day! hehe. Surely the heart is no older than 20 or 30, and when it expresses itself, it keeps other parts moving too! :-)

We almost never disagreed on much so we had few serious arguments, though sometimes we had lively discussions! :-) We did have one abiding argument, though: which one of us was the sweetEST baby! Corny as it sounds, we really did nurse it along for years! Maybe that was why we didn't have many of the serious kind of arguments; though I rather think it was because of our mutual respect, love and really LIKING each other. Perhaps too often people may love but don't really LIKE. We also respected each others' space, though we were literally always together in the location.

Another booby trap for people-relationships, perhaps, is being too ever-present and hover-smothering; though, of course, being actually physically apart most of the time does little for its closeness. A balance in which each is allowed to BE is essential. The only real way to have that between people is to simply show it in demonstration - not just in words, especially if actions betray the words. The old saw that "I can't hear what you're saying for what you're doing" comes to mind. Telling someone to BE, attempting to permit it is as useless as telling someone to love or attempting to permit it. One could never know if it really happened if one had tried to 'permit' or decree it. Even if it did happen in such a situation, it would be weighty & weary before it got off the ground, just from being told it was 'permitted' & dealing with the questions that would arouse! haha.

Anyway, George was such a great mate for me! Maybe that's the clue, or at least the secret of keeping a relationship fresh for 30 or so years: - being right for each other! Doesn't mean we'd have been as 'right' for anyone else!! ;-) In relationships, BEING whole together is as vital as BEING whole oneself.

I love you!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

AW, Wayne. You are truly eloquent! You've lifted my day! Your depth of fully feeling your feelings is awesome and shines forth in all your writing. It's such a personal thing, how it's expressed in words, whether subtle or forthright, each is beautiful. I'm swept away by your poetry, by the way! Feelings give life to poetry and quality to life! Thank you!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Pamela - oh thank you! Yes, it is a great foundation for poetry, as well as for the relationship it describes! I'm so pleased you enjoyed my presentation of it! Your praise gives me gratification! :-) Hugs.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Vinaya, Thank you so much! I always appreciate your comments! The love surely inspires the ability-to-soothe of the poetry. Much good poetry emerges from anguish, but it can seldom be as soothing!

As I recall, you are into relaxation and know that it begins with the mind and heart. Just thinking of true love is a venture into feeling relaxed and comforted for me. I often do that when I lie down to sleep. It pushes out too-much-thoughts on unresolved questions and problems. Perhaps it's Nature's instinctive form of meditation! It's most pleasant, in any case!


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Thanks for the mental image of you doing a little disco around the track! ;)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Haha! It was quite animated, I assure you! ;-)

Thank you for a chuckle: - you imagining me doing it!


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Love is a many splendored thing! Beautiful hub Nellieanna!


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SilentReed 3 years ago from Philippines

Music like "love is a many splendor thing" are timeless. Even without knowing the lyrics, the melody seem to touch a chord in our heartstring and we find ourselves humming along with the tune. I saw the movie and I have the Andy Williams (along with Mario Lanza, my mom's favorite singer) version downloaded to my computer. Listening and singing along, I usually get teary-eyed when I reach the part "...in the morning mist, two lovers kiss and the world stood still....then your fingers touched my silent heart and taught it how to sing...... " call me a wide-eyed, unrealistic, gullible romantic. In matters of the heart, we have to let our guard down....and be a little corny. :)


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Theater girl 3 years ago from New Jersey

"Everytime together is like the first time" what a love to be able to describe.....we should all be so lucky!


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Lovely, even "enchanting hub, Nellieanna. But actually, I think the hub is enchanting because you and George found each other enchanting and had an enchanted relationship. In this day and age it is so wonderful to hear of a couple who truly "liked and loved" each other for many, many years. So glad you shared this. :) Theresa


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Beautiful, Nellieanna…

You and George shared the kind of true love that many people do not believe really exists. But, ohhhhh, it sooo does. :-) This kind of love we carry with us, always. It give us strength and joy, in every fiber of our being. Hugs for this wonderful tribute. Thank you for sharing, as always. :-)


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Nellieanna,that Bill Holden movie you mention was one of my favorites and he was always great in every role, absolutely believable.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Audrey - Thank you! Just the repetition of those words gives me a joyous feeling! Thank you! You do me honor by visiting.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

SilentReed, oh yes. Timeless describes it perfectly! Both melody and lyrics are equally wondrous, as you say! I loved Mario Lanza, but never have heard him sing "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing". When I was a teen, his "Be My Love" was a huge popular song, and then he played the role of his own role model, the great tenor, Enrico Caruso, and stole everyone's heart with that performance.

If getting all tingly and teary upon hearing those lovely lyrics makes one a 'wide-eyed, unrealistic, gullible romantic', - I'll have to raise my hand and plead guilty too! I've always been a bit corny, anyway! Isn't it fun? :-) Thank you so much for the delightful comments!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Theater Girl. Ah-h-h-h, yes! It was - and still is, in my heart - a love! I wish everyone did have such a wondrous love. Thank you for your comment and visit! I've peeked in to your hub site, too! Charming!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

"Enchanting" is a delightful word for the love. When I read your comment, "Some Enchanted Evening" from my first-loved 1949 Broadway musical, "South Pacific", came to mind. That's sort of a roundabout route back to the setting of this one and makes me smile.

I've pictures of George here and there; not formal portraits , but candid shots of him being George, doing things. It's not unusual for me to pause and talk to one of them, though not sadly. I simply still like and love him!

Hugs and thank you so much for your lovely comments, Theresa.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Glenna, what a pleasure to see you! I think you're right about that. There's hardly any handy reason true love existed and exists, except that - it DID and still does. Yes that's it: - we carry it in our hearts where it took root and grew; - and where it's never outgrown. Thank you for your kind words, as always.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, dear Jim. Ah, yes! Bill Holden was always a favorite of mine, too. Indeed, he did many outstanding, authentic roles and this was no exception. Jennifer Jones was also great in many movies which captured a wide range of believable roles, from the most innocent peasant girl, to the most scorchingly fiery, even shady, characters. They included the classic, "Madame Bovary".

I've just learned that this story was written by the same Han Suyin whose own story inspired the character in it played by Jennifer Jones.


Valleypoet 3 years ago

Your hubs are a beautiful work of art...poetry art and music lovingly gifted to your readers...thank you Nellieanna:-))


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SilentReed 3 years ago from Philippines

Neither have I...."Mario Lanza" got misplaced in my comment.:) Your mention of his song "Be my love" reminds me of the times when I would hear it played over and over by my mom. It was a favorite of her's, along with Andy Williams' "Moon River" Your quote " Look inside your heart, for I'm still there" is both meaningful and comforting to me, it's been less than a year since she passed away.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Valleypoet. I'm honored that, with your impeccable taste, you consider my hubs works of art! You are most gracious. Thank


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear SilentReed. Thank you for returning to clarify what you meant before. Ah! Now I better understand, I believe. Mario Lanza was a favorite of your mom's; it was not that he recorded "Some Enchanted Evening". She loved his singing of "Be My Love" and Andy Williams singing "Moon River", which is also one I love, along with the movie in which it was introduced, "Breakfast at Tiffany's", - with Audrey Hepburn (a favorite of mine; folks flatteringly said l I looked like her. :-)

I've absolutely no doubt your mom wants you to be reminded that she's still your heart! Less than a year is not long, but she'll abide in your heart as long as it beats.


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Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

Dear Nellieanna;

I'm pleased to make your acquaintance,ma'am.Your heartfelt,poetic verse was extremely touching,and invoked some beautiful memories.Thank you for being so generous in sharing this with us.

Yours Sincerely,

Romeo's Quill


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Why, Thank you, kind sir, Romeo. It's my pleasure to be able to share good, beautiful memories and thoughts.


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Beautiful, splendid poem. True love is beautiful, so very beautiful.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Vellur - Thank you so much! Oh, yes - true love is TRULY beautiful and it transcends time and place! Hugs.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Beautiful poetry. I love the song and the movie of the same name. You have given a lovely presentation here. Thank you!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Suzette, how pleased I am that you visited and have left a lovely comment! Thank you! I'd love to read a review of yours of that beloved movie!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Hi, Nellieanna. What a lovely Mother's Day Card you received from George. And what a beautiful tribute this hub is both to him and to marital love. Like you and George, Rocky (my hubby) and I were 'in like' with each other for 44 years as well as in love with each other before he passed. He lives again every time I enjoy a sweet memory of our life together. Thanks for this lovely hub, m'dear.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear DR BJ - And what a lovely comment! Aw, a love story of your own! That is such a great example and awareness to contemplate! Thank you for sharing that!

Yes, George's gifts and remembrances were always such lovely, often almost serendipitous things like this; or else choices he'd spent time and thought on choosing 'just the right one' out of several Swarovski crystal miniature animals. Each one had to have just the right facial expression, though virtually almost identical to the others of its species on display. He'd always find the very cutest one. Over the years, I received quite a menagerie, which I cherish beyond description, as they live happily in the little wall curio cabinet he gave me for them. The bottom shelf has the water-loving animals. The middle shelf, the landlubbers; and, of course, the top shelf has the air creatures. There are other treasures in the cabinet, as well as the animals, but they are the main occupants.


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MrsBrownsParlour 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

So touching. True love is with you always. I love the lines "I could turn my thoughts to you were they not already there" and "Look inside your heart for I'm still there". You are blessed indeed to carry his love with you forever. :-) Lurana


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Yes, I truly am, Lurana. It's still hard to believe he's not sitting right over there in his chair. But, then, again- - he's even closer than that!

Hugs - thank you, dear.


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Nellieanna...this reminds me of you: http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/videos/carrie-un...


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh, Shannon - what a lovely song, sung so beautifully by Carrie Underwood. Thank you! Big hugs for sharing it with me. I love it and it reminds me of one of my and George's favorites:

http://youtu.be/u46-lrkJG5I

which song (by one of his favorite singing sister groups, The McGuire Sisters, whom he loved) I used as the musical background for a remembrance webpage I made for him right after he'd died:

http://nellieanna.com/geo-mementopix/geo-memento.h...


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Yes, it's a great song. It reminded me of you because it seemed to fit the way you often describe your beloved George. So glad you liked it.

I tried to hear the song you mentioned, but there is no sound. Maybe it is my browser or computer, but all I see are the wonderful pictures. :)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Yes, I've bookmarked the song by Carrie. It does fit. Thank you!

I cannot hear the background music on my webpages on this Mac, though I can on my Dell. I've no way of checking on it here on the Mac. The heavy rain is coming through & I've unplugged the Dell, which is a desktop PC, not a laptop, so no battery power for it when unplugged.

The u-tube version link I included in the last comment should play for you, if you can hear any u-tubes. It's sung beautifully by Bernadette Peters.

Otherwise, see if this direct link to the song itself (the one by the McGuires) on my webpage may open it for you: http://nellieanna.com/geo-mementopix/ibcingu-mcqui...

I believe you've been able to open .wav files from my webpage of me singing in the past, maybe.


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Yes, ma'am, I opened a couple of .wav files you sent me. ;) And I can play YouTube videos without any problem. I'm not sure why the sound is not playing in the background on your site from my computer. Don't know how I missed the YouTube link that you sent, but I did. I'll listen there. :)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Good! - The u-tube is a lovely version! The .wav file, though, IS the background music of the webpage for George, the one by the McGuire Sisters, which is also lovely, but more old-fashioned, perhaps. I have an iTune version by Rod Stewart, which I adore, too. It has a bit more of that '3:00 o'clock in the morning' feel to it, which was also one of George's favorite 'sounds/feels' for music, though he never heard Rod Stewart sing this one . . . so different from the others.

:-)


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Okay, I've heard a version by Frank Sinatra. "I'll Be Seeing You" - right? I didn't realize there were so many different versions of the song.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

YES there are MANY versions. It was an extremely popular, beloved song during WWII, when those who waited for their loved ones gone off to war to return related to it deeply; perhaps they'd joined their loved ones close to the 'front' at moments, or definitely, recalled being together in lovely romantic, nostalgic settings abroad, recalled in that song.

Of course, I was only 9 when WWII began, but George was 19 and went in as a Navy officer. My own observations then were vicarious, through my older siblings who WERE involved. That gave me a sense of the music George so vividly remembered, so much more 'first-hand'.

In fact my music scope has been influenced by so many (my parents were 'Gay 90s folks with siblings even who were '20s Flappers') and exposure to wide events and generations, I hardly 'have' one music era of my own! My college days were during the late 40s and early 50s, which were OK musically, but not as interesting as times preceding and following them. I do have some favorites from that period, but I have difficultly saying just what IS 'my time' musically, so my taste tends to be quite eclectic and not very time-limited! :-) I simply look for sounds that please my ears! Noise doesn't, nor do trite lyrics - and there is a lot of all that in various eras, genres and individual tune/lyrics!

But I've NO prejudice about any era or genre! I look and listen for good music and valid message. Sure, it's according to my own standard, of course - but aren't everyone's? :-) I definitely prefer to be able to 'make out' the lyrics!! hehe. Call me old-fashioned! If that's my worst offense - wow. Music preference & taste DO reveal a lot!


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Haha. :) Guess I'm about the same.There are a few genres I would rather just avoid altogether, but for the most part, I listen for the lyrics and the music both. Sometimes a good lyric can be ruined if the musical arrangement is not fitting and vice versa. And a song is especially moving if both of the lyric and musical elements are just right. I enjoy some songs meant just for fun, depending on the lyrics and the subject matter (that Kiss With Confidence song on my Spinach In My Teeth hub is not one of them, haha), but basically I like lyrics that have something to say or that can illicit emotion. I suppose happiness from a "just for fun" song is an emotion, though. And then, of course, there are always those songs that either bring back memories when heard or that remind me of people, places, and times, such as the Carrie Underwood song that seems to fit this hub so well.

I suppose our tastes may be different, buthow we approach listening to what we like is similar. However, I think I like the Frank Sinatra version of the song you metnion better than Bernadette Peter's, though I do enjoy some theatrical/Broadway style music. For instance, I fell in love with this song when I first heard it for the orchestra presentation as much as the way Linda Eder so passionately sings it, though this video isn't the best quality: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RW9CFi2sPoA And then she has one that would be tempting to dance some salsa to, that is if I knew how. It's called "Never Dance" but I can't find a YouTube version of it. She does a lovely version of "Smile", though.

Haha...sent you a rock song the other day, this country song, and then broadway....and talking about salsa. . .you probably thought I only listened to country. ;)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

That's a gorgeous song! I'd not heard of Linda Eder, but I'm a convert! She's so good and the song, Vienna, is just beautiful. Thank you!

I found a slightly better quality version of it. See what you think:

http://youtu.be/pasdT7tGn68

I don't suppose that her version of "Smile" is the same song as the one from 'way back", - the one introduced by Charlie Chaplin in 1936, the same song as this one sung by Judy Garland. . .

http://youtu.be/GAQfwpEDdOw

But it is! Aha! I checked & Linda Eder's version IS a rendition of that same 1936 "Smile". Josh Groban does it too. How nice! There were many versions of it earlier. Good that it's still 'around'. One of my very first 33-1/3 rpm records, a gift in 1954, soon after I was first married, was an instrumental version of "Smile". . . a little ironic. . . :-)

I hadn't categorized you with any one music genre, actually, though I didn't know whether you had any affiliations with the earlier music of my life. Young folks who do often have mainly acquired it by association with their parents or grandparents, unless it's been revived in the more current scene.


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Oh, that was MUCH better! It had a full fledged symphony going on. I don't recall the other video including the other instruments, but maybe it did. Either way, the video you found is better. I saw her sing that song on The Rosie O'Donnel song when I was in high school and shortly there after bought the CD and a couple of her others. I don't have them anymore, but CDs are extremely cheap these days if bought as used, so I might acquire them again. I also have a Spotify account. Maybe you've heard of it? It's a music app that's free. I've added many of her songs to my play list there. Anyway, I had a feeling you might like her, or at least Vienna. Also, had you waited for an answer, I would've said yes, it is the same song. :-p I like her version of it.

Aw, I suppose that could be a little ironic, maybe. But, the song is about life still being worthwhile. . .

I suppose some of the songs I know from the "earlier music of your life" have come from things my grandmother introduced me to and some are just classics that are in classic films and such. Actually, I really don't think I got many of those songs from her. . I don't remember anyway...random things like Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. . .but I don't remember her listening to any music from that far back. I don't know where I've picked up some knowledge of them. Smile is, like you say, though, a classic with many versions.


suni51 3 years ago

Hi Ma'am I was too busy here in Australia for last couple of months, say one and a half years to be exact (I am not whether you still remember my name) - But what I feel is that -

Love is such a wonderful feeling

It makes you smile in worst of weathers

Love is really a wonderful feeling

That I can say all over again.

It takes our heart makes us sing

Love I think is most wonderful feeling, God gifted us

(I am still not comfortable with poems ma'am)


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

So beautifully written, each word filled with love for your loved one. Lovely lines and beautiful thoughts. Voted up and away.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh dear - somehow I missed a couple of new comments which I found when I came in response to notice of the most recent! My apologies! EEEK! I'm about to fix that right now!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

First of all, dear Shan!! -2 weeks ago! OH, my! I thought I'd replied to your last comment but find no reply is here, so something went awry! Sorry about that!

I'm pleased that we share some timeless music genres & artists in each of our favorites lists, - & that we can learn of new ones from each other! I've always been open to good music of any era. Some music is truly classic & its general enjoyment just expands over many decades.

In my beginning awareness & love of popular music in the 40s ("Your Hit Parade", of course!) - which went on to really blossom in my own 'heyday' time of the 50s, I loved Cole Porter, Jerome Kern & many other of those marvelous composers from the 20s & 30s. They just kept 'coming back', - sometimes being updated by the current musical beats, but always with their adamantine perfection of melody & lyrics. I have many of their musicals & singles in my old vinyl & newer CD libraries. I could go on & on mentioning much great music from various sources: - film, musicals, & all the other musical venues, all of which has lasted for me. I've really hardly put 'time' labels on music, though it associates itself with my personal memories from its decades. But - if it's good music, it's "all MUSIC". If it's noise, it isn't worth consideration, whenever it originated or was revived. It's just that simple. haha.

A lot of music does deliver good advice on a positive 'note'. Other songs deliver truly horrible, even damaging advice. It's happened in each 'age' & seems to infect its whole generation. Take Perry Como's hit, "Prisoner of Love", which was "my" song when I first felt the stirrings of attraction for the opposite gender in the mid 40s. It was purported to involve being imprisoned and"too weak to break the chains that bind me" - ugh. I thought it must be so.

Then I clearly recall Peggy Lee's 1950 hit, "What More Can A Woman Do". It's musical value was OK, but every languid line is a message to 'the woman' to just take whatever 'he' dishes out, even to the point of denying her own code of ethics and rights as a human being. It probably helped encourage a generation (I was among them, obviously) of doormat-conditioned women, not only willing to be, but convinced that being walked over & denied rights was synonymous with being a loving woman, and that, otherwise, they'd surely be unloved & unloving shrews! It just did it by implication. Peggy sings it in first person, looking like a woman to be emulated, as she accepts this horrid state of being as things are and should be & must be accepted - or else . . be an outcast? That's the implication. "What else can a woman DO?" - nothing, it implies. Take it however rough he dishes it out & 'like it' that way, - feel privileged to be browbeaten. It seemed to make being the same way she vocalized the only viable option for a loving woman! Any idea of being & expecting to be one's own person & worthy of love, respect AND give & take mature coexistence didn't enter in a single note to that thinking. And it both fit & helped how it 'was' at the time! There was this very popular song by this very beautiful, popular singer saying to woman - and their men - to accept that as the status quo, that a doormat was how it is to be, if a 'good' woman. sigh. It's ludicrous! :-)

I feel that any lyric which encourages people to be less than they are capable of being, to lord it over others or to give in and wallow in sad results can't be good for people of either gender, I'm thinking. This type of message in lyrics persists in each decade, music genre & people generations.

I finally found the man who did match me, who understood the real nature of love, - valuing & respecting each other, LIKING each other & being in the truest sense of the word, real lovers. Thinking of my life, if I'd known 'better' - I'd have known to wait for that. The alternatives are just not worth it. But many insidious influences - including popular music - help keep people confusion about what is right & possible.

Well, you know I have opinions. haha. - but that's what they are - my opinions. Just sayin' hehe ;-)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Suni!!! What a delight to see you here, my friend!! OF COURSE, I remember you!! Australia, hm? Wow. So are you still there? It sort of implies you are, in saying ". . . busy here in Australia. . ." :-) Are you planning to stay there? Will you be treating us to your own lovely photographs of the countryside down-under-there? I always loved your graphic illustrations of your homeland!

Thank you for sharing your own poem about the meaning of love. Poetry is self-expression, first and foremost. No need to be concerned about its form, unless that, too, becomes part of what you feel you need to express - or if it just begins to permeate your writings.

Feelings without form are alive. Form without feelings is dead! Don't hesitate to write what you feel. Love is, as you declare here - a gift from God!


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

I'd actually not even realized you hadn't replied, and I just assumed the conversation was over. haha I think I've got a comment of yours I never replied to on another hub of yours. I kept meaning to and haven't yet. Maybe I'll be motivated to stop thinking about it now and just do it. ;)

Yes, music through the ages. . .like the video you sent. Hehe I don't mind a sad lyric, but neither do I like a hopeless that encourages others to accept it as so. Of course, there are a few songs that come to mind that are sad by nature, as intended, but not with the intent of implying that others should accept as being seen as or felt to be inferior. "Vienna" might be an example of that.

I know you have opinions, but opinions are neither bad nor good, unless perhaps the person opinions are being expressed to deems them so. Hahaha. However, I happen to agree with many of your opinions and those that I do not agree with still have a value of their own.

Now, I'd point out your spinach and say that I'm one not one of those people that music helps to keep "confusion", but you've probably already fixed that statement by now, knowing you. ;)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Vellur, dear friend! Happy you stopped by here. Yes - the words are filled with my love for my beloved, who is their objective even nearly 5 years after his passing - not in any kind of morbid way - but simply - love still beats in my heart! Thank you for the visit, comments and votes!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah- good to hear from you, Shan, my sweet friend.

Of course, - there are songs which simply express a state of being sad or hurt. It's almost the standard for C/W songs, in fact. One of my favorites of those is Vern Gosdin's "Is It Raining At Your House". http://youtu.be/GWl9IuDeQWc

As you say, those lyrics and their kind are not suggesting it's the ideal or only choice, but that it's the way it is for that person, at the time. They also don't suggest the person is a weakling 'too weak' to change it if that's his/her choice, unlike Perry declares here: http://youtu.be/lbNPg_Rp0ws - and the person can't rise up & go on, even if it's hopeless and love's not reciprocated ; - or, worse, that the person is just ordained to accept it any old way & be glad to be stomped on as Peggy croons in this one: http://youtu.be/a9rQ9NvgYgA lol.

I find it hard to justify recommendations like those as only options. Though one might go through feeling beaten down or trapped, to suggest that there are no other recourses but to stay down is not a good message, in my humble opinion. After all, people HAVE gained a few human rights & have made some strides in adopting them, in the past millennium, -- even women!! Even the 'entail' has been smashed! ;-) hahaha.

I also respect your opinions and applaud them, whether we're in alignment or not, which we often are! We often 'come at' them differently, but that just makes it more interesting!

I think I'd placed 'confusion' in that sentence in a slightly different order and failed to update it when editing. Too late now. Spinach it is and spinach it shall remain.

You overlooked another sprig: - an occurrence of 'it's' when it should have been an 'its'. Oh well.

Ahem! - you've a sprig yourself: ". . . are being expressed to deems them so. . . . . ." (silly grin here) Well - after all, spinach is good for one's health!! (big green grin here!)


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Bahahaha! First, you say that as if you haven't talked to me in two weeks! :D Second, can I blame that spinach on writing that without my contacts in yet? That's a pretty big blunder that doesn't even make sense! Big green grin back at ya!

Yes, we do often share the same opinions and the "coming at them" is part of the fun in sharing opinions. haha If we always simply agreed to agree there wouldn't be much else left to talk about. . .heehee. . .except maybe agreeing to disagree, but since there does not seem to be too much we differ on widely as far as opinions go, that could be rather dull, and I guess, in a way, we already more or less do that by the nature of respect. Maybe we should discuss politics instead. That topic can often set of fiery arguments. Haha (Actually, politics is not a general topic I ever really care to discuss much, but when I do, I approach it with the same respect I'd like to be given, even when offering my opinion. I'm sure you do the same.)

As for the music, I like the Vern Gosdin song. The Perry Como song has a romantic feel to it, I'll give it that much. I can see how you might see it as implying things can't be changed. Well, it does imply that much, but perhaps the poor sap really was a prisoner of how he felt at that moment. hehe Doesn't young love often feel that way? And don't the movies, from that time period especially, imply that a man should swoon over a woman that way. Or, maybe the women were supposed to do the swooning. haha

The Peggy Lee song I've never heard until now. I don't like it at all, mainly because of the lyrics. The chorus in this song very strongly implies that every woman must more or less give up her self, her own moral values even, just to prove that she loves her man. How about Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man" instead? haha Though, I don't really agree with those lyrics either. However, they suggest more a forgiving attitude toward him rather than a give up on oneself attitude. It's almost a song of pity for the poor man that does so wrong.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Well, in this comment thread, I HADN'T heard from you in 2 weeks after I'd dropped the ball and hadn't replied to your last comment! Then when you did come and post another one reassuring me you hadn't thought anything of it after I 'fessed up - it WAS sort of a relief!

Sure - you can blame the spinach on whatever you choose. hehe. All that was amiss was the addition of 's' to 'deem'. Without it, the sentence makes perfect sense. Just a typo.

Usually my political leanings are expressed almost exclusively in my general attitudes about what is fair and sensible among people's interactions, not at the politics levels. I don't prefer to get into hot debates. Mostly I observe that they're between people with no real 'inside' knowledge of 'what goes on in high places' who throw around information about what leaders think as though they were mind-readers, 'information' mostly gleaned from a combination of propaganda from one 'side' or the other, followers-seeking media and all mixed with the persons' own personal preferences about things like gun ownership which personally matter to them, but seem to have to be championed as politics issues as though it weren't their personal motivation speaking. Over the many years I've heard hot debates over issues which were then such great moral issues, such as that certain citizens should or shouldn't enjoy the same rights & privileges of citizenship as others, - all of which became moot issues now, or else were replaced by a swing to the opposite side of the pendulum's trajectory, just as hotly debated on both sides now. Makes me glad I generally only relate my personal interaction with individual persons affected and otherwise kept my 2 cents & shoulda's to myself when the battles were raging. I'm registered with one political party but study the issues and the candidates involved, then cast my votes according to my best judgement without much fanfare. So I'm not much fun in the debates, per se.

Perhaps we underestimate the depth of the effects music & humor have on minds & attitudes, especially young, impressionable ones. Since the rise of jokes making fun of & slurring people in authority, - parents, educators, leaders & even genders & people with blond hair or dress styles, - have proliferated, respect levels have literally fallen in the toilet & been flushed. Maybe coincidence, - or not.

Yes, movies also 'lead the way' into accepting various behavior that was not considered appropriate or polite prior to the media age. Some of it loosened a grip of too-much conformity & allowed for more individual assertion, but all too often, it's only been replaced with another form of conformity in which no one is thinking and no one wins. The blind leading the blind with no idea what the objectives are. The result is that people can't leave their houses without security systems in place. Women are systematically being ripped off of their purses while at the supermarket, nail salon and day-care; parents are afraid to correct their kids and kids are confused (notice the right form of the word - lol) about what is or isn't acceptable, if anything is or isn't; - so they just do whatever pops into their heads, individually and/or collectively.

During the same teenage time as when I was enthralled with "Prisoner of Love" (which did me no favors), I also heard a special song which was simply a wonderful song. I'd hear it played instrumentally on the radio & go around asking people if they knew what it was. I HAD to know what it was! Then I heard the lyrics so I had a clue to a title. Ever since, I've claimed it as "my all-time favorite song". I didn't associate it with any boy I knew. I just loved the melody and the lyrics: Jerome Kern's "All The Things You Are". I never really associated it with anyone, in fact, till I met George and knew that all the things he was really fit it. :-) http://youtu.be/srvOsegThJA

Yes, "Stand By Your Man" is a little better message than "What More Can A Woman Do". There's at least an element of thoughtful loyalty to him and, as you say, it's not by giving up totally on herself and throwing in the towel for whatever he demands, but by trying to forgive & understand him to help him and the relationship, which at least implies that she knows that her opinion matters and that she has a good heart which is hers to give deliberately! Is there a song to encourage a guy to stand by his woman? Probably so.

Another sad attitude is in Patsy Cline's "I Fall To Pieces", as though she has no self-control or self-respect when the guy is around. http://youtu.be/iuZTk1hdpMs I guess we've all felt that way a time or two. But it's usually gotten us in hot water! More often than not, the guy loses respect when she's such a spineless woos! tee hee.

Sometimes it seems as though the general population's emotional guidance is being furnished & formed by people who have very little positive or helpful advice to offer and no qualifications for advising anyway. - LOL. And it seems that people almost prefer that to lyrics which encourage strength of character & standing on one's two feet. These negative songs provide the handy excuse for staying in hopeless predicaments, rather than taking charge of them. sigh. I suppose they give a little comfort from 'misery loves company'. But is that so good? It just keeps feeding on itself.

Although, sure - positive lyrics get some attention, too. Most musicals in their hey-days have encouraged bravery & a positive attitude, even if just by being too sassy to readily accept bad stuff. haha. Take "Climb Every Mountain" and "Do-Re-Mi" and "My Favorite Things" from THE SOUND OF MUSIC; --"The Lusty Month of May" and "If Ever I Would Leave You", and even "How To Handle A Woman" saying "just love her, just to love her" - from CAMELOT; --"A Cockeyed Optimist", "Younger Than Springtime", "Happy Talk" and "I'm In Love With A Wonderful Guy" from SOUTH PACIFIC. Others from movies and other sources come to mind, as well.

As a positive picker-upper, sometimes music has been deliberately used during periods of national distress, depression & war to keep people's spirits up, too, of course. I remember all the positive songs during WWII. Sure, they were full of propaganda, but it was 'uppy' & encouraging at least! It rallied a nation to act together in a time of dire challenge & serious stress to its safety. Maybe that sort of illustrates that people in a position to select and use the power that music has over people's emotions and perspectives do know the difference, and it's not just accidental when the moods go one way or the other.


Vickiw 3 years ago

Hello Nellieanna, I must apologise for not visiting you as often as I would have liked in the last several weeks. I have just accomplished a major move, and am struggling with things a bit at the moment.

This is such a beautiful Hub, and your own special dreamy, wonderful characteristics shine through. I love your wisdom, and your joy as you remember your beloved George. You are a powerful role model for many people!


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

As is:

I know you have opinions, but opinions are neither bad nor good, unless perhaps the person opinions are being expressed to deems them so.

Corrected:

I know you have opinions, but opinions are neither bad nor good, unless perhaps the person whose opinions are being expressed deems them so.

Had to add the 'whose' and axe the 'to' in order for it to make sense.

Now that that's out of the way. . . hehe

I am familiar with Patsy Cline, but don't readily recall the other song, though it sounds familiar. I will have to go listen to your link.

Okay, maybe I've lost it, but I was listening to Barbra Streisand sing and sort of staring blankly at the screen when I realized it was zooming in ever so slowly. I then began trying to convince myself that it wasn't. LOL But it was!

You know a song I always liked? "When a Man Loves a Woman", but now I am suddenly looking at it in a different light. Go figure.

And musicals. . .I love Sound of Music and many of the songs in it!

There probably are songs that encourage men to stand by women, but I can't think of any off the top of my head, except maybe the above mentioned song. haha. I know of a few that are more about love for the sake of love and acceptance, though, from a man's perspective. One I used on my recent hub is Lonestar's "Amazed". I see it that way anyway. "I Cross My Heart" by George Strait.

As far as good love songs go, you might like this one: I Could Not Ask For More. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EVd_zghQXA


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, Vicki! No apologies needed! Moving and its aftermath are quite the struggles, really! I've not done it in 27 years and doubt if I'd have the courage to consider it any time soon! haha. It would take about a year just to prepare for it!

I've been very preoccupied myself: family developments (long-distance & mainly unfolding on FB) and other "real-life' matters. I've had several hubs 'in the works' but have gotten them no further than that! I've tried to stay fairly current with reading others' hubs but that's been a little neglected, too.

Thank you for the kind words about this Hub! It was sheer pleasure to make and I enjoy coming back to it myself. My George would have loved my HP friends! He wasn't a 'social internet' person, but he loved writing and exchanging ideas with people who enjoy it too. When he 'met' my internet friends before, I'd be the middleman, typing his replies to them. He was more deliberate & didn't get comments & answers typed & posted before they gave up and thought he'd left, - unless they just phoned him! So I'd type fast what he was saying in a chat. We went on several real-life 'get togethers' with them all around the country and he enjoyed them thoroughly. He was a computer person, but never really moved into all the facets of the internet. Besides, he always preferred 'eyeball to eyeball' conversations!

I would be gratified to just not be a bad role model! Thank you for such a generous compliment! The same could be said for YOU! Hugs.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

There - that's got it nailed! :-) . . . You did GOOD - and that's out of the way . . .

Patsy Cline was the first female to break into country music. She had some good songs but I'm not sure they were very progressive for women's rights. One of her most famous was "Crazy". http://youtu.be/K-wJNpWgss8 Same ole resignation to being dumped if he finds someone new. It was partly the times, I guess. Whatever else she did, she blazed the trail for female C/W singers & songwriters.

I checked the Barbra Streisand u-tube. The ads in the beginning zoom in or out at first, but she doesn't. Go figure.

Yes I like "When a Man Loves A Woman", though I associate it a bit with the movie which was mostly quite sad. She was a closet alcoholic and nearly went down the tubes.

In real life, I've been astounded by the depth and breadth of a man's love who truly loves. It's awesome. Women's love is somehow more shallow by comparison with that. It's just that men's deep love like that is either rare or rarely displayed, while women love so abundantly and widely, - it seems 'more', I guess, but it doesn't seem deep in the same way as a man's who TRULY loves. We're less self-conscious about showing it, though.

George Strait is good and that is a good song. I once had an atty in San Antonio who was his atty. Once while we were @ the atty's office, George Strait called him to report that hoodlums had cut his fence again. haha. Funny to hear the atty answer the phone, "Oh - hello - George. . . " and know which George it was!

Garth Brooks had a really good one, "If Tomorrow Never Comes". http://youtu.be/N_C6d-o_vxQ

I REALLY like "I Could Not Ask For More"! Hadn't heard it before! And - yes! "Amazed" is really good too!


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

I love "I Could Not Ask for More". It was one of the first songs of Sara's that I remember. Garth Brooks has many good ones, including that one. Another one he sings that I like I used on the hub I did for Memorial Day.

This one is more like Stand By Your Man, but I love it anyway: Love Of a Woman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgAAmCElqok.

I just thought of one that is kind of like the man standing by his woman. . .and child, too. It's called "There Goes My Life" and is sung by Kenny Chesney. It's a very sweet song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP-Sxfntdb4. Or one of my personal favorites: Love Like Crazy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0f5g18EbG4. And maybe this one kind of: What a Beautiful Day http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq6z8AGPf5E. This one maybe, but I'm not sure if you would like it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3HwFtdVTfM.

I think you'd like this one: Your Love Amazes Me http://tasteofcountry.com/john-berry-your-love-ama... maybe this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCmsZUN4r_s

I had a friend tell me this song reminded her of Jurassic Park, though I am not quite sure how she made that connection: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWKpCmPdGmM

This is a love song I've always liked: Love Me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_ONdaSv3EE and Alison Krauss' version of When You Say Nothing At All http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SCOimBo5tg.

guess I got carried away there. . .sorry :-O


Vickiw 3 years ago

Hello Nellieanna, I was determined to visit you today, because it seems to me we haven't communicated for quite a while now, and I have missed you! This was such a beautiful work of art that you came up with about your beloved George. I remember listening to that song many times too. It has so much meaning, and I can just imagine how you enjoy it.

Thank you for sharing these touching personal experiences with us. Hugs, Vicki


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hi, Shan - Some really good songs here. I have a bit of trouble hearing them because there's a glitch in this computer that makes videos cut in & out, sometimes they even get stuck on the ads in the beginning. If I'm patient, they'll eventually go on & start - stop - start - stop through the piece. Some of the passages play pretty well, but it's slow going to get started AND to make it through a whole song. I must get this computer back over to the Apple store! When or if there are this many songs to listen to at a time, next time I'll have to go upstairs and listen on my old Dell desktop - LOL. It took over an hour to hear these on this laptop. But it was OK.

Let's see if I can remember my impressions. (I had to go back & review a couple in order to comment. :-)

I definitely do remember "Love, Me". I cried during that one. It was so dear, and George often signed things that way: "Love, - me".

'When You Say Nothing At All" is sweet. A little 'expected', though. Not outstanding, but nice. She's a pretty singer.

I agree. Though I've never seen Jurassic Park, I could see nothing in "Meet In The Middle" that would suggest dinosaurs. haha. In any case, I find I like Diamond Rio & I like the theme of the song. Compromise is sometimes a good solution.

When George's eldest granddaughter got married, it was a very elegant affair, - in a big southern mansion her Mom rented for the occasion, and it was elegantly decorated. Her dress was magnificent The groom and groomsmen were formally dressed - except for big black stetson hats & some other western touches. The singer sang, "Your Love Amazes Me" - not quite as country as John Berry's rendition, but it's a lovely song and I thought it perfect for their wedding.

"Crazy Girl" has a surprise ending!

"What A Beautiful Day" is pretty good.

I really liked "Love Like Crazy" - could see why you like it!

'There Goes My Life" got stuck @ 36 seconds and never played. Oh well. Too many country songs at one time get depressing. Seriously.

"Love of A Woman" is OK, but a bit monotonous.

I thank you for sharing some of your favorites - I found several among them which I really like too.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Vicki! Wow - I'm honored that you visited my hub again! Yes, that song is a wonderful love song and it was one of his favorites. It was a wonderful love we shared, too! Thank you for those special words!


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Hahahaha.....they're not all my favorites, just some I thought of in reference to a man standing by a woman and then a few extras tehee, though "Love Me" is a favorite of mine. He has many songs that I enjoy. That one did make me cry as well. "There Goes My Life" might be a tear jerker, too, but it has a happy ending.

And I laugh at your statement that country songs are depressing. Next time I'll send you some uplifting ones. ;)

I'll agree with your assessment of "When You Say Nothing At All" but I was a teen when first heard that song. I loved her voice and that she's from the area I grew up in. Also, well...again...teen. haha

"Love Like Crazy" is my ringtone on my phone. I do love that song.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

I enjoyed hearing your own impressions of the music, Shan. You don't have to send more uplifting songs, though. First of all, I used 'depressing' too loosely; 'wearisome' might be more accurate. Second - I'm not at all starving for pleasing music. I've a huge CD collections but, more everyday are the 100 or more of my favorites imported from iTunes on my phone which I play when I turn off the computer at night & as I'm getting ready for bed - & from the time I wake up in the mornings, all during getting my ablutions done & getting dressed.

I'd be more interested in sharing songs you particularly like for particular reasons, - mainly for that connection, as much as anything. Mostly sharing songs on this thread has been like that. It started off illustrating that songs carry serious life-lessons that are subtly embedded; if they're positive - that's great, but not so great if they're negative or self-defeating. Then we've gotten into how gender relates to loving unconditionally. Interesting.

I think we each have histories of music-love which are almost visceral parts of who we are. This is something we share, even if or when our preferences may differ about some songs or genres. Then yours even includes the songwriting & performing elements.

I grew up my first 11 years in Del Rio, Texas. Local music was all REALLY country - or 'hill-billy' - or 'honky-tonk' - or Mexican. Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys. The LightCrust Doughboys. And more - all those really country types. Mother liked the real 'cowboy' songs that the drovers sang to quieten the cattle on long cattle drives. Those were r-e-a-l-l-y slow & draggy. I truly didn't like country music much growing up, even though I was born there and inundated with it. Of course, - it evolved from that into the country-rock and Nashville sound.

As my musical exposure expanded, though, I grew to like favorite country singers & selections individually, but I still wouldn't claim the genre as a favorite, really, though I have quite a collection of country CDs.

I don't know if you're familiar with the country singer-songwriter, Radney Foster, but he's from Del Rio. His dad used to carry my books home from school when we were little. Radney is good. One of his first recordings that got attention: "Just Call Me Lonesome" - http://youtu.be/gfa4vxpdH3Q.

I didn't graduate with the class with which I started public school in Del Rio, but Radney's dad, John Foster, then a big attorney there invited me to the 50th class reunion in 1998 at his & his wife's lovely home, & George & I went. Radney was just getting really going in Nashville & they were so proud.

A country singer & song I like has long been Ricky Van Shelton's "Don't We All Have The Right" - http://youtu.be/5kJnOFYnED8

I love good music so much, that all genres have examples which I really like. I guess I probably don't really 'favor' any one genre above all others, but some a bit more than others. Among the iTunes I have & listen to daily are some opera arias and symphonies. I really like MUSIC that pleases my ear. I 'know it' when I hear it. Know what I mean? There are some 'sounds' that are almost separate from an era or genre which just GRAB me for inexplicable reasons. I suppose that's not unusual with people who really key-in to music. Then, too, my exposure to eras has been even longer than my own lengthy years, having elder siblings & much older parents - all of which exposed me to music from end of the 19th century & from the beginning of the 20th. Their eras were simply part of mine by virtue of just "being there" as much as the music that was just coming along during my own life. I had classical training in piano when growing up - and LOVED ballet music. Then I've been pretty active in 'getting' the music of the 8 decades of my life & 'keeping' the songs as my own which appeal to me.

With so many really good songs to love, there's hardly any reason to listen to any I don't prefer! hahaha! ;-)


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Ahahaha. I was only teasing about sending you uplifting music. I'm sure you have plenty of your own. However, if I share a song I like, or even reference one in general, probably 8 times out of 10, it will be a country song. Most of the songs I listened to when younger were just popsy songs that I remember, but don't necessarily identify with in any way. And then there were some oldies that I do actually still like. LOL

If you cand find "Never Dance" by Linda Eder. . .that one I do like a lot. I can find it on YouTube, but only in parts and poor quality from people using the song for dance recitals. There is also a classical version, which isn't the same as the Latin sound with all the percussion.

I know both of the songs that you mentioned above. They're sort of classics to the genre.

"My Baby Loves Me" was more or less an example to me of what love should be when I was a teen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0SyALaWR08

I like these for the stories told with the videos, but she's good at that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Q9S3cT18Fs, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPx1HT9pqos,

This one made me cry, but that's why I like it. Sounds like a strange thing to say, but if it has that kind of power over me. . .Not to mention, the instrumentals and her vocal power. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtNYA4pAGjI


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

With this flaky video reception, I heard about half of the classical version of Linda Eder's "Never Dance". Good beat.

"My Baby Loves Me" is a pleasant song & Ilke Martina.

Reba's "I'll Be" is so touching. Brought a few tears to my eyes.

"Concrete Angel" brought more tears. A different mood for Martina.


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Actually, Martina has a few songs that kind of have "that" mood, but this one gets to me because the subject matter is child abuse and the wording is poignant.

If you like the beat to the classical version, you'd probably really like it in the original form, very Latin sounding, and I don't care much for the classical version. Even the way she sings it is different in that version.

Fixed me spinach this time before me time was up! :D


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Well, I like Martina but am not widely familiar with her work. In fact, I wasn't especially aware that she was more or less 'country' till recently. I very much liked her rendition of "Valentine" a few years back. http://youtu.be/9rEj6zX1Dhg She's very versatile; accompanied here on the piano by Jim Brickman, who's often teamed with Olivia Newton-John on lovely songs. I truly like his music and he teams with some great talented artists.

I keep dozing off.

Is that Popeye dialect? :-)


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

Dear Nellieanna, it's always a pleasure to read your work. I just finished listening to Love is a many splendored thing. It sure is my dear friend especially when you've found your best friend, lover and soulmate. such beautiful words, nice poetry and lovely song. Voted up+++ marlene


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Marlene! I'm delighted that you came by! Yes! Love is a wondrous thing! I miss him so much, but he's still very 'near'.

I appreciate your votes!


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Yes, "Valentine" is a beautiful song and he is very talented.

Um. . .sure, why not. Just imagine a Popeye laugh with it. ;)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

(wink!) . . . thumbs up! :-)


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

I sometimes feel like a kid at Disneyland while visiting one of your hubs.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Aw, Mike! What a delightful comment! Thank you! You're a treat yourself! :-)


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leni sands 3 years ago from UK

Most uplifting - really brightened my mood a little...


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DrBill-WmL-Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

"Love is a Many Splendored Thing" was "one of our songs" - perhaps our favorite - when my wife and I began dating in high school. Now, as we approach our 55th Wedding Anniversary, and 75th birthdays, it is still among our favorites. Thanks for the memories! ;-)


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

DrBill - OH - my pleasure! I love to be reminded of this special song myself.

How wonderful for you two to have begun your lifelong romance way back in high school. George and I had to wait till later in life to meet. I was 47 and he was 57. But it was wonderful from then on. He passed away in 2008 at 86 but the love continues.

May yours continue for many more years!

I made a wee webpage about "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing" awhile back. I see that I updated it soon after he passed away. http://nellieanna.com/lovesplendored.html

I've made many webpages about his life and our life together. But this one I made in his memory, featuring another song he loved, "I'll Be Seeing You" -- http://nellieanna.com/geo-mementopix/geo-memento.h...


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DrBill-WmL-Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

I really love your tribute page, to George! Was a real neat guy, I would have enjoyed spending some time with! "I'll Be Seeing You" is a special song, as well. Thanks for some more memories! ;-)


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS Author

I'm sure you'd have hit it off. He, too, was a Renaissance Man!

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