A old post about the Passage of Time contained a few music videos on time’s passing. An astute reader sent me three more videos touching on the same subject. I was moved by them all. They reminded me that music communicates something that prose cannot; it evokes different sentiments. Perhaps that is why Gabriel Marcel, the existential philosopher and concert pianist, thought that many great philosophical ideas couldn’t be put it into words but could be played on the piano. (For more see his : Music and Philosophy, trans. Maddox and Wood.)
The first one is a little known Sinatra tune, “100 Years From Today.” It’s philosophical argument is straightforward, live life now because in a hundred years you won’t be here.
The next one is from the group Fountains of Wayne and the song is titled: “All Kinds of Time.” It uses a football quarterback surveying the field in the last few moments of the game as a metaphor for the moments of our lives. For me it evokes the sense of eternity in the moment, as well as the possibility of doing great things with a single act. But I’ll leave you to interpret it for yourself.
And let’s not forget that Pink Floyd classic “Time”
The final song is a real oldie, “Wheels of a Dream,” from the musical Ragtime. It conveys the hope that each new child will move us forward; and most importantly that the dream of a better world keeps us going.
I thank my reader for his contribution.
7 thoughts on “More Songs About Time”
Great collection! And, of course, let’s not forget “Time” by Pink Floyd. They wrote this song when they were in their mid 20’s, probably 40 years or so ago.
(Apologies in case this song was mentioned before by someone else, which is entirely possible, of course).
thanks Luigi, I forgot about that classic.
Time would be immeasurable;irrelevant, without our construction of it;without our need to quantify it against the rest of our values. Time, of itself, is dependent on; reliant upon nothing, no one. It matters not to other beings, indeed, they have no concept of it at all. Great thinkers have known all this. It must have bothered them a lot. I think so.
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As I age it seems to me that Life itself is made up of time.
Is wasting time the same as wasting a portion of one’s life?
i think so.