Iconic Series: Song-“The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” by Gordon Lightfoot



As a writer, I am also a lover of music and movies.  I will run an Iconic Series featuring various musicians/songs/films that I love, and which ones I deemed as being iconic of the times.  To start off I like to focus on the 1970s and one of the most iconic songs of that decade has to be “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”

It’s a legendary and tragic tale, second most known of all shipwrecks behind the Titanic.  “The Edmund Fitzgerald was lost with her entire crew of 29 men on Lake Superior November 10, 1975, 17 miles north-northwest of Whitefish Point, Michigan.” (Reference taken from the Shipwreck Museum website)    Gordon Lightfoot, a Canadian singer, wrote and performed this ballad which created an even more (world-wide) interest in this iconic ship.



Are You On a Hero’s Journey?

The basis of the Hero’s Journey, the overarching theme is: Transformation.

This could be applied both in fiction and in real life.

I’ve read that there are multiple stages one needs to go through to  complete the process, and while I agree with most of them, I don’t think they could be applied to all stories; especially in real life.

Why do I say that?

Not everyone completes the hero’s journey.  There are some of us who remains stagnate; stuck in a rut, or in one place.

No growth is taking place.

This could also be called a Tragedy.

I believe that most writers would love to think themselves as “heroes.”  No one wants to be remembered as a coward, or some poor tragic soul who fell short of realizing dreams and aspirations.

As I’m approaching my mid-40s, I’m growing increasingly afraid of ending up like that tragic soul.  Perhaps I’m being narrow-minded, or tunnel-visioned, but I feel like I’m missing out on something crucial on my journey as a writer, and as a person.  This whole past year I felt like I’ve had no growth as a writer.  Granted, things have been a bit crazy with the move and all.

Now that we’re in yet another new year, I’m experiencing this growing sense that time is running short.  I really hate that feeling.  I get it every year; especially the past few years.

Or, maybe I’m just being too hyper-aware of everything.




Some Christmas Thoughts

   It’s during this time of the year when I miss living in the Adirondacks the most where there’s almost always snow for Christmas.   I’ve lived in the south for almost 12 years now and I still can’t get used to the “winters” down here.  You’d think I end up liking the warmer weather, but truthfully, I miss those cold, sweater days and the snow crunching under my boots.  Am I nuts?  Most likely. 🙂  I guess I will always be a northerner.

Have took the next several days off to enjoy the holiday; and today, I hope to get all my wrapping done.   My nine-year old still believes in Santa so this makes Christmas magical for me; at least for another year.

I can’t imagine life without my son.

Events that took place last week have made me take pause in my crazy life to really appreciate my family.  I’m sure parents across the country have been hugging their little ones a little bit tighter, and more often.

Christmas will have an extra special meaning this year, and for various reasons.

God bless each one of us, and have a merry and safe holiday season.