We’re just Passing through

For the past few days, i have thought of many things. Of People who have come into your life, leave a foot note and leave or some that stay on, becoming a part of you.

And yet sometimes despite having friends and family  around you, you have that distinct feeling of loneliness. That hollow feeling that doesn’t go away, it stays for sometime and then you meet someone who fills that hollow heart  with a spray of life, laughter and smiles before they leave , and you’re alone again.

I look back this year and I wonder where have these special people gone? One minute you’re with them, the next minute they’re gone.

Death. You have taken away most of my joys. You have become almost like an old friend.

I can distinctly remember as a 11-year-old, watching my uncle  cradle his baby son  who had passed away. The cold presence  of death surrounding us that night. The tears streaming down my uncle’s face.

But unbeknownst to my young mind, was the fact that that scene would pretty much be emulated throughout most of my life.

Over the years growing up, I have held, felt and even watched people who had become a great part of my life pass on. Their frail attempts to hold on to the last strings of life is disconcerting to see. It makes you feel helpless, because you can’t help them.

The year 2013 maybe ending, celebrations for Christmas and New Year is around the corner. But I look at life cynically.  I am learning not to take it too seriously.



Tracy Chapman


I’m listening to Tracy Chapman on my laptop. ‘Fast Car’ is playing. I find her songs catchy, well defined and reaches across all borders.  It’s timeless.  Some of her songs date from the early eighties and nineties yet its so relevant in this time. it also brings awareness to the struggles of poverty, with lyrics such as:

I know things will get better / you’ll find work and I’ll get promoted / we’ll move out of the shelter / buy a bigger house and live in the suburbs –from her single ‘Fast Car.’

I can’t seem to understand the type of music that we’re being fed nowadays.   In Fiji, normal music is Lady Gaga, Whiz Khalifa, Avril Lavigne etc. Maybe its me but I can’t for the life of me imagine myself rocking my head senseless to noise from the likes of Gaga and the rapsters that pollute our radio airwaves.

No disrespect to their craft. I guess people have their own different tastes. But I just find Tracy Chapman’s music soothing. Some of her songs have that sad element to it and its meaningful. The lyrics makes sense, it tells a story.

A work colleague once played her song ‘Revolution’ during the time when revolution swept through some of the Middle Eastern countries namely Egypt.

Changes came after forty years of brutal rule and no say, the people of Egypt stood up for what they believed- Freedom.Tracy Chapman’s revolution song was so relevant, even though it was produced decades earlier.

In my opinion, she is the world’s most underrated singer.