#11 Dire Straits: Romeo And Juliet: 1980
You have to love Dire Straits, the British Rock Band with front man, Mark Knopfler. We will visit Dire Straits a few times because they have some really good music, but for today, it being St Valentine’s Day, we need a song about love. I am not recommending that we wait for special days to tell the people in our lives that we love and appreciate them, any day is a good day for that. Nor am I recommending that we need that special someone to be reminded that love is everywhere, we just have to open our eyes to it.
Years ago, in another lifetime it seems, I was a single mum. Struggling, juggling and just thanking God that day by day He supported me and provided what was needed. I had been dealt a deeply hurtful blow in love, but I recall someone remarking to me how obvious it was that I was surrounded by love when she observed how my children and I all interacted with each other. My point is that love is found well and alive in all sorts of situations and we can waste a lot of time and energy thinking that it should/could only come from a particular source.
Romeo and Juliet is the story of young, star-crossed lovers whose time was just wrong and despite their love they could not escape a tragic ending. Life is often a bit like that. It is said Knopfler wrote the song following a similar experience.
If you were to stop anyone in the street and ask them what they knew about Shakespeare, many people could connect Romeo and Juliet with Shakespeare. It is the play most often studied when year 10 English students do a Shakespearean unit. And the thing that keeps us studying Shakespeare is that his themes are timeless; they expose the passions and fears of humanity which really don’t change even as the centuries pass.
There are lots of inter textual works which have come out of Romeo and Juliet; the many versions of Shakespeare’s stage plays and films, West Side Story and songs; Dire Straits Romeo and Juliet is but one. I hope you enjoy it.
Dire Straits – Romeo and Juliet (1980) – YouTube
Happy St. V’s Day to my darling hubby who has brought so much love into my life and to my wonderful adult offspring and your loves. You make my heart full.
5 replies to “The Songs We Will Sing.”
Estelle, Thoughtful ponderings inspired by life experiences & music – Dire Straits (I enjoy their music) & many others… love, music & other arts that have a common theme – look around & you will see love, even though many think to themselves, I still haven’t found what I’m looking for… Don’t miss it while you search elsewhere… Thank you…
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Hi David. Thank you for your comment. We will be visiting U2 later in the blog to see if we can find what they are looking for. So true that we often look in the wrong places and miss what is right under our noses. Music is a wonderful blessing, I feel it unites people. Maybe that is why God asks us to sing together when we worship Him. Take care and keep taking those fabulous photographs.
Sultans of Swing is my fave Dire Straits ditty
Hi Rick. I am having such fun writing this blog on songs. Love Dire Straits. And Yep Roge has some taste in music.
So looking forward to seeing you soon.