Last Thursday, I went to the temple in Baton Rouge after work. I got there a little early, so I sat in a garden behind the temple for a while and just let myself be. The sun was already starting to set. There were a few birds chirping on the fence and one had a throaty kind of call. I wished I knew what kind it was. Or I wished that my friend, Ruth, was there because she would know. After my session, I drove the hour and a half back to New Orleans. I love the drive between New Orleans and Baton Rouge in the summer. It’s green year-round, but even more verdant in the summer. Even in the darkness, I could sense the thickness of the trees choked by flowering vines. I was feeling ponderous and nostalgic. I went to the temple on Thursday because it was my ten-year anniversary of when I first attended the temple before leaving on a mission, so I reflected back to those days. And I listened to some music that I haven’t in a long time.
One of the first bands I ever truly loved was the Cocteau Twins. The first CD I ever received was Head Over Heels and from there I went on to collect every one of their albums, including some rare B-sides (back when there were B-sides) and some Christmas music, even though I’m not really a fan of Christmas music. I used to put at least one song on every mix that I made and would listen to them frequently, but in the past few years, I just haven’t. However, they still have a permanent position in my ipod, so I started listening to some of my favorites while I was driving home. Here is one of them:
This version is from the Twinlights album and has a different feel than the original version on Milk & Kisses. I like the version on M&K, but this one was always my favorite. I actually never knew the lyrics (one of the charms of the Cocteau Twins pre-Internet was making up most of the lyrics yourself), but I did a search for them when I began this entry. The meaning I gave the song is actually pretty close to the original. Anyway, I know the Cocteau Twins aren’t really for everyone, but they have a very dear place in my heart and they might show up again.