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Daily Lyric: 36

Twelve years since I started my Big Project

The magnum opus in which I chronicle my life

That’s a long time to be working on one thing

Through blocks and freeze-outs and all sorts of strife

Twelve years since these songs were started

And now I’m closing in on completion

Fads and trends have come and gone

But I kept at it season after season.

Twelve years before that since I found my place

That paradise by the sea that I made my own

That’s a long time to hold onto a dream of coming back

To finally put down roots and call this place my home

Twenty-four years since the music started

The soundtrack to an ever-evolving identity

I stayed faithful through the years and all the changes

It’s still the key part of what makes me me.

It’s never been easy, only complicated

It could have been easy to let myself become jaded

But I won’t let the cynics rob me of my thunder

And I will always keep my sense of wonder

Twelve years still before that since I came into this world

Bearing the hopes and dreams of a battered nation

That’s a long time to be living for someone else’s past

Before waking up to the present generation

Thirty-six years since all I know started

That’s two times eighteen, that’s twice life survived

But I’ve lived through more than these calculated phases

And now that I’m here, I celebrate being alive.

©2023 The Hesh Inc.

Detail of "Happy Steampunk birthday" - original AI art by The Hesh Inc.
Happy Steampunk Birthday.

A score and two years ago, I wrote this on the occasion of what I believed would be an auspicious birthday. In Jewish numerology, the number 18 signifies life ("chai"), and various gifts, donations, lottery tickets, etc. are given in multiples of 18. So 36 is "twice chai," or 2x18. So this was my way of thanking the Creator that I had made it as far as I did. Life looked beautiful from that vantage point—the future was wide open.

Little did I know what would befall the world only three days later.

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