Retro Reminiscing: John Lennon – “Watching the Wheels”

I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round...
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I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round,
I really love to watch them roll.
No longer riding on the merry-go-round,
I just had to let it go.

I think because of my age, I stumbled across the music of the Beatles in a backward sort of way. I got to know Paul McCartney through his work with Wings and John Lennon through his solo music.John Lennon Recently, I heard this song on the radio on the radio and remembered the mixed emotions that surrounded it.

 The song spoke of such peace, of finding one’s place in life, but there was such sadness attached to it, as it was released after Lennon’s death.

I’ve always adored the peace and ease that resonates in this song. The lyrics comes from the heart of a guy that has figured it all out. They are words from someone who understand that it’s not the rat-race that brings joy and that there are things – like family – that are more important. But in my recent listening, it was the following lines that really struck me:

People say I'm lazy, dreaming my life away,
Well, they give me all kinds of advice designed to enlighten me.

When you spend your life following a dream, especially a dream that is considered hard to attain, people who don’t understand can view you as lazy. Sometimes you’ll be accused of chasing a big paycheck, hoping to bring in big bucks without much effort. (Can you think of the Dire Straits song that reminds me of?)

Of course, anyone who knows anything at all about writing knows that those assumptions are the furthest thing from truth. In fact, writing – let alone the publishing process is a tremendous amount of work.

And now that my first paranormal romance will be published in September, I find myself sitting here “watching the wheels go round and round” (the wheels of publishing that is) and struggling to find my way. I’m feeling my way around in the dark, hoping I take the right steps to make this the first step in a career, not a one-shot deal.

Isn’t it funny how we can do that with music? Take a song whose lyrics are so clear and so close to someone’s heart, and twist a line here or there to fit our circumstance. In the end, however, I would never let the overall message of this beautiful song be twisted or tangled.  Even though I can take a line or two and say “well, that fits my life in a different way” the overall importance of taking life, living life, and enjoying life is the most important message.

And it should not be missed.