Tick Tock Tuesday #33 (26th May 2020)

As I write, I am listening to another song from the 80s that helped to form the person I am today.

As a young girl, ensconced in organised religion, I grew up in a sheltered environment. It wasn’t all bad. I felt known and loved within the church community (the point of it after all), and had many strong friendships. I am still connected with those key friends now. In fact, I had a coffee today with one of them. But I digress.

Within this safe (yet churchy) environment, I had many opportunities to perform: youth choir, solos, drama, speeches, to name a few. When I was 13, I performed this song as a solo to the whole congregation, with one of my besties accompanying me on the piano. I had no idea at the time of the depth of the sadness in the lyrics, I just loved the tune and could (barely) manage the key enough to stay in tune. I couldn’t sing it now—I’d cry before I got to the end of the first line. But sing it I did, and received a rousing applause at the end.

The key change before the last verse gives me chills to this day. The harmonies clash in the most glorious way, and the Divine Miss M’s voice is…well…perfection.

Here’s Bette Midler’s The Rose:

Photo by Edward Howell on Unsplash

7 thoughts on “Tick Tock Tuesday #33 (26th May 2020)”

  1. Funny, I have a history with the church as well, I ended up walking away from both the organisation and the people although my dad stayed connected to them until he got ill. I was glad in a way, because I got to understand what church was about at an early age, then got on with the rest of my life. This song is totally new to me. I like how Bette Midler sings this, simply. I’m not a fan of the more “diva” style we have a lot of nowadays. I can well imagine somebody standing up in church to sing this 🙂.

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    1. Yeah i have nothing more to do with the church either, aside from my hopefully one-day-to-be-published memoir about my experience 🤣 My parents are still connected although I think they attend much les often, and one brother and his family too. For all its bad parts, growing up gave me good values and a confident nature to public speaking and a love for an audience 😉😉

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