Okay, so this is the first time I have repeated groups.  I have featured Yes before on a Musical Monday blog (see my blog on Yes’ “We Can Fly”- http://erikagardner.com/2012/03/05/musical-mondays-will-the-real-yes-fan-please-stand-up/), but work with me, people, it was necessary.

It was necessary because this last weekend, I attended my 25th high school reunion.  It was a genuinely wonderful night; full of people who I love and am proud to know.  To speak in a veritable cliché  of contradictions: we are all so different, and yet, we haven’t changed a bit.  I’d know these guys/gals anywhere, but they are so much more than the kids of yesteryear.

Life is change.  We collect names and identities throughout our lifetime.  I began as Erika, a daughter.  Then I became Erika, a sister, a runner, a student, a friend and a girlfriend.  Later I was Erika a graduate, salutarian, an intern, a SWF, a YUPpie, a bride and a wife.  We were DINK’s, lovers, partners and, suddenly, parents.  There are more names and identities that I hope and dream to have in the future:  mother-of-the-groom/bride, author, best selling author, and grandma.

Yet, the one constant is change.  It is always change.  We keep moving forward, we keep evolving, we grow.

I love this song.  It is far and away my favorite Yes song, though, really, it is a Trevor Rabin song, like the entire 90125 album. (So named for the record’s catalog number in the Atlantic records catalog.  Point of interest– U2′s Under a Blood Red Sky- Live is catalog # 90127.)

I think when the meristem of our souls is frozen over, when we decide to no longer morph and grow, then we begin to truly die.

Having posted this before, it should surprise no one that my primary problem with conservatism is this… as always, it is in the words…

con·serv·a·tism

[kuhn-sur-vuh-tiz-uhm]

noun

1.

the disposition to preserve or restore what is established and traditional and to limit change.
2.

the principles and practices of political conservatives.
Versus the definition of liberalism…

lib·er·al·ism

[lib-er-uh-liz-uhm, lib-ruh-]

noun

1.

the quality or state of being liberal,  as in behavior or attitude.
2.

a political or social philosophy advocating the freedom of the individual, parliamentary systems of government, nonviolent modification of political, social, or economic institutions to assure unrestricted development in all spheres of human endeavor, and governmental guarantees of individual rights and civil liberties.
3.

( sometimes initial capital letter ) the principles and practices of a liberal  party in politics.
4.

a movement in modern Protestantism that emphasizes freedom from tradition and authority, the adjustment of religious beliefs to scientific conceptions, and the development of spiritual capacities.
As I so often do, I go back to the classic film, The Princess Bride, “Life is change, Highness, anyone who says anything else is selling something.”  You want to keep the world in stasis, you want to preserve the status quo?  Go out and tell the tide to stop, tell the world to stop turning, but get out of my way and let me get my work done.
I am a Liberal and I am working to make the world a better place, not keep it the way it is or never was.
Changes, awesome song.

Released November 7th, 1983

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