My song today is ‘Never Ending Song of Love’. This song was written by Delaney Bramlett, and according to some sources, it was also co-written by his wife, Bonnie Bramlett. It was originally recorded with his band, ‘Delaney & Bonnie & Friends’ on their 1971 album. Released as a single by ‘Atco Records’ the same year, ‘Never Ending Song of Love’ became Delaney & Bonnie's greatest hit on the pop charts, reaching a peak of Number 13 on the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ chart and it also reached Number 8 on the ‘ Easy Listening’ chart. It reached Number 16 in Australia.
Never Ending Song of Love’ has been prominently covered several times. A cover version by ‘The New Seekers’ was a major hit in the United Kingdom and Ireland in 1971. It spent a few weeks at Number 2 in the UK charts and in South Africa, and it also reached Number 1 in the Irish charts.
Over our lives, our experiences will have been building up an extensive song library. This is the musical part of our life where our memory returns to at happy or sad times. Our song library contains those special songs that we pull out to listen to during happy and sad, soulful, or reflective moments. Our library of songs are highly personal to our prior experiences, former relationships, times that brought immense happiness and joy to our lives, and times also that are still raw to the flesh.
We will have songs for every occasion experienced by us, and every mood, feeling and emotion we ever felt. The strangest thing of all, however, is that none of us will have been aware that we have been shelf-filling our musical and song shelves ever since we first sang a few lines of our first song, or had our mothers sing them to us.
There will be many an individual who might temporarily switch off from present company whenever a song you once shared with a former partner is being played in the background. While all around you remain in ignorance as to the song’s previous significance in your past life and carry on in their moment, you are quietly reflecting on past moments of yours.
I knew a lady whose first child called Mary died before she was five years old with an incurable illness. They had their special song that naturally included the name of Mary which they would constantly sing to their daughter. Imagine them being at any social gathering during the years ahead when Mary’s song comes on and realising what was being played, the poor hosts are beside themselves when they see Mary’s parents in tears?
Even people who have dementia in their later lives, and can even forget the names of their nearest and dearest who visit them daily, can still be found singing one of these songs from their memory shelf of childhood years.
Today’s song is a song that I associate with the caravan of a happy and hectic life. It represents a carousel of fun; a song that is instantly uplifting, a song that makes me put everything down and stop what I am doing as soon as I start to hear it. It is a song that instantly places the listener under a parasol of happiness for the remainder of the day, and reminds us all how precious all of life’s moments can be. Have a nice day.
Love and peace