Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Poll Day Woozeheads & a Winter Love Song


Mizoram went to the polls yesterday to vote in a new house of legislators for the next 5 years. Since Monday we've been hard at work around the house putting in burnt orange-brown floor tiles and the house is a mess of workers, water sloshing all over the floor and cement dust coating everything within sight. So my sister and I had to clean up good to go cast our votes. At the last moment I realised I didn't have my regulatory electoral ID card with me and couldn't remember where I'd left it. It wasn't where I thought it was supposed to be. Not in my wallet, not on my table, not in my drawer, not in my wardrobe. I frantically rummaged through my messy room, swearing I'd really get down to cleaning up as soon as possible as I keep meaning to. The dratted ID wasn't in sight and I wondered if I'd have to skip exercising my franchise this time. Then as I breathed a quick fervent prayer, I remembered my bedside Bible. I often store really, really important things there and gloryosky, there was my ID card nestling between the front cover and first page. Like they say, the Bible always has the answer to your prayers!

Here's a beautiful love song I just recently heard and love to pieces. Song for a Winter's Night written by the Canadian singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, hauntingly sung here by Sarah McLachlan and Jewel with footage from the movie King Arthur (which I haven't watched yet btw). All the snow makes me ├╝ber cold and I can't believe they're all actually moving around in those thin pieces of clothing! And while we don't exactly have snow in this part of the world, well, turns out Lightfoot wrote these lyrics not in the middle of a Canadian winter with snow falling outside but during a thunderstorm in July.

If I could only have you near
To breathe a sigh or two
I would be happy just to hold the hands I love
On this winter's night with you
And to be once again with you

For you, baby...


16 comments:

  1. He hla hi ka hriat vawi 1-na niin ka hria, a nalh fu mai. A composer Gordon Lightfoot hi ka duh bawk. King Arthur Film hi ka en tawh, a hmuhnawm khawp mai.

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  2. Gordon Lightfoot version hi chu a tempo a rang deuh a mahse a mawi lutuk tho. Tah hian lo en rawh, samupa - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1oiiE7CyZ0. Keini poh a zai hi kan duh thin ltk

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  3. omg this is such a beautiful song! I heard it sung by someone else a long time ago, my thlahrang-hlau sister introduced me to it, but have completely forgotten about it. I'm listening to this now as I'm writing this, and I'm covered with goosebumps, and very close to tears. It's so beautiful!

    And your bedside table as the keeper of all things precious made me smile. I do that too. Even when I travel, know how people would put their money in little waist pouches and all that..me, it's the Bible for me. I put things I don't want to lose there, and it's never let me down.

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  4. Lol this Bible thing reminds of some of my old friends who say they open their Bible everyday. Turned out they had kept their money inside the Bible.

    And the song, chillingly beautiful.

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  5. Felt exactly the same, Jerusha. Then I listened to the songwriter's version and can't decide which one I like more. This one's more of a mood piece, I think, very ethereal and dreamlike while L's version is probably more down to earth. Your typical macho guy strumming his heart out in a song style.

    ambs, yeah I remember someone once commenting wryly that the best place to keep your money is inside the Bible because people who read it probably wouldn't dream of stealing anything while the stealing kind would never voluntarily reach out for the Bible!

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  6. I love this song too. Anyway, I've been on a Jewel, Sarah, Tori Amos, Bjork and Anne Lennox trip for some time now. You don't look like someone who'd misplace her ID on polling day...hehe. Ka nuih a za.Congrats on the new floor tiles... all the better for a Blogger Christmas dinner, eh?

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  7. Oh. You do make it a point to exercise your franchise. I remember the only time I went to the polling booth, and trying to decide which was the lesser of the evils. Finally inferred that the whole deal was not worth the queue I had to stand in for almost an hour.

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  8. Queueing for sth you're not all that keen on in the first place is a major drag, I agree, but I always make it a point to vote if I'm well and available. I just try to go at a time when I know voting's slow. A lot of educated ppl I know strongly dislike casting votes too, esp all the tedium that goes with it but hey, in the past ppl have even died so you can exercise your franchise!

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  9. Hehe ddb, you wouldn't believe what a terrible clutterbug I am. Got to be this way since I was bitten by the computor bug :P I haven't listened to any Bjork yet. Thought she was some alternative muzak type. And I'm surprised to see Norah Jones missing from your list. You don't like her?

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  10. Hmm.. i really love your creative vocabulary.

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  11. Which part, mesjay? Long time no see btw. Hope you're ok.

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  12. Ekhai hotunu chu, tleirawl hna hle mai thil theihnghilh chu :). Hla khi a nalh hle mai. BTW long time no cee. Golden Jubilee khan i hmel hmuh ka in beisei teh reng nen...

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  13. I lovvve Norah Jones... just thot I'd skip the obvious :P

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  14. Ahh ok DDB I was a bit surprised to see you not mention her is all.

    vana, nia in jubilee kha k lo hre ve pek miah lo alom. Mahse hria poh ni ila kan buai ve ltk a in lamah a ngaihna a om lo. Next trime ni mai lom troo?

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  15. A thu hi chu tha khawp mai. Mahse kei a bengah zawng a muang lutuk mah mah :-) Kan music taste ala in anglo a niang. Lam nghal vawk vawk theih hi ka duh haha. Thiante ngaihthlakah kalo hrilh ve dawn nia a thu hi a tha em mai .. Merry Christmas ...in chhungkua plus uite..

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  16. Mi hirha tak hi chu! Merry Christmas to you too.

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