There comes a time when you must choose
About the path you're gonna take
And you must take it win or lose
And if you lose it's your mistake
Rooting through my dwindling pile of VHS tapes to see what to take to a charity shop, I came across the animated 1980 film Animalympics.
The film spoofs the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, with animals from all over the world competing for a gold medal. It has some great characters – Dean Wilson, a swimming Californian dude otter; Bolt Jenkins, a high jumping crocodile; Tatyana Tushenko, a slinky gymnastic sable… but my favourites were the marathan runners Rene Fromage (a French goat) and Kit Mambo (an African lioness). Both are determined to win their race, but fall in love along the way.
However the main reason I remembered Animalympics was for the stunning soundtrack by 10cc bassist Graham Gouldman, and for the beautiful short song below. I am a somewhat melonchony soul and have always been drawn to songs that say hello to this sort of sadness. Sometimes songs attach themselves to your skin and become part of a personal soundtrack whether you want them to or not. This is one of the songs that has somehow ended up on my private playlist; such simple and yet haunting imagery of how it can feel to pursue a dream, all my greatest hopes and darkest fears.
It feels very personal sharing this with you, but I am sure you won't mind. I guess I just feel a bit sad today. It'll pass.
It's a beautiful song, and I am so happy it, and the film, can be found on youtube. Sorry I have been slow replying to comments, but I appreciate each and every one; it is lovely to read your thoughts on my posts.