MEANT TO ME – PART 2

MEANT TO ME

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MEANT TO ME #2-6/5/15 Copyright 2015 by Judy Unger

MEANT TO ME #1-10/28/15 Copyright 2015 by Judy Unger

MEANT TO ME INSTRUMENTAL #1 Copyright 2014 by Unger

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WHAT YOU’VE MEANT TO ME

You live within my love songs, and the music from my heart

I always sang love to you, right from the very start

Right from the very start

                                   

I’ve written a song to tell you I love you

For if something goes wrong, I want you to know

How special you were in my life, in my music

I want you to know what you’ve meant to me

 

So, I wrote you this song to tell you I need you

For if something goes wrong, I want you to know

That I loved you more than I ever told you

I want you to know what you’ve meant to me

 

I care for you so tenderly, but you know I am unsure

And afraid to comprehend; any love that might endure

Any love that might endure

 

I’ve written a song to tell you I love you

For if something goes wrong, I want you to know

How special you were in my life, in my music

I want you to know what you’ve meant to me

 

So, I wrote you this song to tell you I need you

For if something goes wrong, I want you to know

That I loved you more than I ever told you

I want you to know what you’ve meant to me

What you’ve meant to me, what you’ve meant to me

What you’ve meant to, to me

I want you to know what you’ve meant to me

 

Link to Part One of this story:

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#104 WHAT YOU’VE MEANT TO ME

Honeymood in Baja 1 

Sharing this song right now is a balm for my soul.

 

There is no question that my first arrangement of “Meant to Me” has a medieval sound. During the solo interlude, I always picture a castle filled with nobility dancing in elaborate costumes.

 

There is irony that I share this story as I write about a Princess and a Dragon, which also carries a medieval theme.

 

Eight months ago, I recorded a new vocal and added more instrumentation to this early song arrangement created in 2010. Although there was a second arrangement of Meant to Me, my first one really captured the happy feeling of this love song that I composed at nineteen.

 

Originally, my song had a longer title of “What You’ve Meant to Me.” It was the simple sweetness and memory of writing it that allowed me to keep most of the lyrics unchanged from how I wrote them 35 years ago.

 

But one line of lyrics definitely needed a rewrite. Originally, I wrote this silly line: “if something goes wrong, I want you to know that I loved you more than the others before you.” Actually, since I married at 21, I truly didn’t love too many others before then. I changed it to: “I loved you more than I ever told you.”

 

The line of something going wrong definitely was a statement made by a girl who was far too immature to marry only 2 years after writing this song!

 

Recently when I was working on the vocal, I began to transfer some of my emotion to other special people in my life – most importantly, my mother. I ended up imagining that her dementia was something that was definitely “going wrong.” It turned out that my lyrics weren’t too far off.

 

My prophecy that something might go wrong in my relationship actually came true very quickly, not long after I wrote my song.

Not as confused

In one of my memory boxes I found an old letter written to my husband during a time when I broke up with him before we were married. I wrote another song after that letter, which I named “Saying Goodbye.”

Michael and I reunited and were married in 1981. I was 21 and he was 24.

I forced myself to overcome my fear about love enduring.

Today we both signed a final agreement resolving all issues related to our divorce after 31 years of marriage.

Heart with flames & dagger

 

The Princess and the Dagger

 

The night faded into dawn. The Princess prepared herself to face a day she had been dreading.

 

On this day, she would confront her fears. She would see the Dragon and the decision she had made over a year ago would soon become a reality.

 

Although the Princess and the Dragon would formally end their marriage, they would always be tied together because of their offspring.

 

Unfortunately, the Princess was also still tethered by unwanted thoughts.

 

Her mood danced between feelings of bravery and failure.

 

Melody soothed the Princess as she rode her horse toward the meeting hall. The Princess was early and carefully searched for the room where a Magistrate expected her.

 

A moment later, the Princess saw the Dragon walking toward her. His eyes met hers with friendliness.

 

She averted her eyes and the Dragon awkwardly continued walking past her. It happened so quickly!

 

She truly didn’t know what she was supposed to do. A sharp stabbing pain throbbed inside of her. Once again, she had rejected him.

 

The Princess deeply wished the Sorceress were there. Only a second later, the Sorceress arrived and the Princess felt relief that she was now safe. The Magistrate began to call everyone into the meeting hall.

 

The Dragon was anxiously looking for his Wizard who was late and nowhere to be seen.

 

The Dragon went into the meeting hall. He sat alone and his eyes were very large and pained.

 

The Sorceress whispered to the Princess, “I feel very sorry for the Dragon.”

 

As time ticked by, the Princess began to feel overwhelming pity for the Dragon. It was then when she realized her fears about the Dragon wanting to hurt her were completely false.

 

The Dragon was simply weary, just as she was.

 

Eventually his Wizard arrived, and the Dragon was clearly relieved.

 

Even though the Princess knew the Dragon posed no danger, the pain inside continued. She imagined that an invisible Dagger was stabbing her. She closed her eyes and pretended she was okay.

 

For several hours, the Wizard and the Sorceress worked on ways to form a final decree, which would separate the Princess and the Dragon forever.

 

Most of those things could have been easily settled, except the Wizard wanted to use his exorbitant magic potions.

 

The Princess was thankful that she hired a Sorceress with powerful spells to counter his, but those also came at a very high price.

 

It was not unusual for nobility to expect magic to be the solution for dissolution!

 

The Princess was certain that her pain was a result of the Wizard and his wicked incantations that began weeks before this meeting.

 

She held tightly to her Sorceress and wished the Sorceress could have protected her from the Dagger.

 

As the minutes ticked by, the Princess pretended the Dragon didn’t exist by turning away from his direction. Both of them were not far apart within the hall, but the Princess imagined he was on the other side of the world.

 

Eventually, the Sorceress happily returned to where the Princess was sitting.

With exuberance she told the Princess that everything had been resolved.

 

It was over. The Princess hugged her wonderful Sorceress and thanked her for both protecting and soothing her. For certain, the Princess wanted to rejoice about something she had hoped would be achieved with the settlement.

 

The Dragon had accepted a few of her jewels and in return, she would completely own all of her art and musical treasures.

 

The Wizard and the Sorceress shook hands. The Princess bid farewell to both of them.

 

But the Dragon left as the Princess was looking somewhere else.

 

A storm had been brewing all day and rain was steadily pouring as the Princess left the meeting hall. Her hair was dripping as she walked uncaring into the wet mist and mounted her horse that awaited her.

 

She galloped through the rain to a small cottage, which had become her new castle for over a year now. The rainbow she had dreamed about did not appear as the steady droplets splashed upon her.

 

She imagined the raindrops were tears from angels in the sky above. Jason and her parents were crying.

 

The rain began to diminish. In the damp mist, the invisible Dagger kept stabbing the Princess over and over as she rode her horse.

 

There could hardly have been a better outcome on such a difficult day. She wished she were celebrating instead of suffering. For so long, she had dreamed of the relief this day would bring. And now it was a reality! She ignored the pain until it was impossible to ignore.

 

The Princess stopped and wailed.

 

Why, oh why was this happening to her? The Dagger was spoiling everything!

 

The Dagger decided to answer the Princess and said, “Dear Princess, you’ve carried me for a long time and you know me well. It is you who are wielding me.”

 

Now the Princess understood.

 

The Dagger was her guilt.

Set it free Settlement

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About Judy

I'm an illustrator by profession. At this juncture in my life, I am pursuing my dream of writing and composing music. Every day of my life is precious!
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8 Responses to MEANT TO ME – PART 2

  1. Judy received your package ….thank you so much I am about half through the first cd, it is difficult at the moment to have quiet time to listen and absorb, so far it is AMAZING!!!! don’t know if I told you my hubs has early alzhimers so some days are harder than others for not being interrupted.
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

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  2. HI
    Great post!
    There was something going on in 1981 as I also married that year but I never should have though I did not last past 1995 🙂 but I am here to tell the story 🙂 I think it is why I am drawn to beautiful things in life because I appreciate them.

    I took the test and I am almost at 500 but I fell like it should have been 50 🙂 so I think I am much better than I was even 10 years ago and perspective is so important isn’t it 🙂

    I love that we have stories to tell that bring others hope and joy

    Eunice

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    • Judy says:

      Thank you, Eunice! I always see your posts on 20 Lines and am honored that you commented and read those blog posts. I do hope I inspire hope and joy. Lately, I’ve been writing more about my struggles than I’ve wanted to. I have to share that I would love to meet you simply by seeing your gravatar. What a fabulous smile you have! You look like a woman who would be a lot of fun to laugh with. 🙂

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      • LOL after all the pain I swear I too am glad to be able to smile once again it has been a very long, long time.

        I started with 20 Lines and love them over there I have been so busy living finally I don’t step in often enough but I love the sharing we all do for it makes us more human I think we all go through struggles and then again joy as well I was a very sad lady when I started Living and Lovin but all good things come to those who wait or go after their joy 🙂 I used to be a lot more fun when I was doing what I truly love TRUCKING but now I am at peace painting, making jewelry of all kinds and walking with my man and pup while the cat holds the fort down and waits for us to come back in 🙂

        Thanks for reading mine as well when a post touches me and I have a moment to jot down a comment I do try 🙂

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      • Judy says:

        I think that’s why you have such a big smile. What great things you are doing with your life. I’ll bet you make beautiful jewelry. Keep painting, for sure!

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      • I have lot lots my jewelry on my blog and I LOVE WATERCOLOR!!!!! Who knew yes nice to smile like I used to 🙂

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      • Judy says:

        Well, I am about to look at them! You have a great blog, by the way. And because you reblogged my stuff, I am getting lots of comments and blogs to look at. Thank you again for adding more joy in my life. 🙂

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      • You do it with your posts for me, so enjoy the extra looks 🙂

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