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It’s a bit weird to sing a love song for your best friend. But that’s what I’m doing today, knowing they will both understand the nature in which I intend this. Cold Play released “Green Eyes” in 2002. I was 20, living in Lyon, France, scraping through French language studies at uni fuelled by way too much red wine, camembert and baguettes. It’s a cliche because it’s true. I was besotted with my partner at the time, who, like me, also had green eyes. When this song came out I could fantasise this song was written just for me, and Chris Martin was simply channeling the devotion of my ex, for whom I yearned and pined every waking moment. Clearly, this was not the case, but hell. It made my young self very happy to dream.
Almost 20 years later, this song sparks something completely different in my heart. The disappointing ex is long gone and my beautiful husband has delicious brown eyes, so this doesn’t feel like a love song anymore. These days, I can’t help but think of two of my very dearest friends in the world, who also have beautiful green eyes. Coincidence? Hmm. This song is for them now, and when I sing the line about anyone denying them being out of their mind, I truly believe it. I have never known two more open, kind, loving, warm, intelligent human beings with the most generous of spirits, and I thank the universe every day for bringing them into my life.
As it turns out, they have both celebrated birthdays in the past few days. So happy birthday beautiful girls. This is my version of singing you happy birthday over a bottle or several of bubbles and lots and lots of laughter. I couldn’t see either of them this time, one in lockdown in London, the other in lockdown 5 minutes down the road. Such is life, and at some point, the horrors of this decade will be a memory, and life will return to a semblance of normality, though forever changed. I couldn’t be with them but I held them both in my heart and sent love and gratitude for everything they are, everything they do, and all the positivity they send out into the world, every single day.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.