"Let us be lovers,
we'll marry our fortunes together"
(Paul Simon, "America")
I was trying to ponder the best way to describe a sentiment suitable for Valentine's Day, and for some reason the Simon & Garfunkel song "America" came to mind. In particular, the line "Let us be lovers, we'll marry our fortunes together" stands out as one of those deceptively simple but yet incredibly poignant thoughts that I think requires a genius to come up with. Put another way, I could probably write 600 words that wouldn't mean a tenth of what Paul Simon wrote in 9.
In the old days...and I mean really old days...people would literally marry their fortunes together, putting all they had into something else, something bigger, something important and worthy. It's not necessarily a romantic or love inspired thought, but when you think about it, that does almost perfectly describe the meaning of true love. I mean what is true love if it isn't putting all you have into something greater, something where two become one?
Here's to everyone who has managed to find someone to marry their fortunes with on this Valentine's Day. And if you're still looking, well, keep at it. There is always something bigger on the horizon.
PS - The best version, ever, of this song was performed by David Bowie during the Concert for New York. Just Bowie sitting on a stage with a small keyboard. Another example of genius wrapped in a deceptively simple package.
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