2020/2021

Last year at this time I wrote:

A new year, a new decade, a new chance to reverse the obvious errors of the early years of this new century and new millennium. Here’s hoping for a greater clarity in our vision this year, for telling ourselves better stories, stories of hope and humility, of generosity and justice. And for a clear-eyed, unblinking view of reality going forward.

It didn’t quite turn out that way but my hopes aren’t dimmed. With a vaccine and a competent federal government to distribute it, there is real hope for a brighter future becoming reality in the new year.

Looking back over my years of new year’s posts I noticed that I have been here before. At the end of 2016, I wrote that it was “a horrible year for so many of us in so many ways.  I don’t remember ever feeling such desperation to turn the page on a year.” As 2017 ended: “Not to put too much pressure on you, Baby New Year, but we need some help after that nasty old man who just shuffled out the door. ” And 2014 was “a strange, sad year, full of goodbyes.” But always there was hope for better days ahead.

It is always darkest just before the Day dawneth.

Thomas Fuller, 1650

What was true in 1650 is also true in 2020. Even in the darkest times there are reasons to hope. There were some good things in 2020, seeds planted in the dark with the knowledge that the light would come again. Two people who are very dear to me got engaged, providing a shot in the arm to my faith in the power of love. And speaking of shots in the arm, I hope everyone joins me in rolling up our sleeves in the new year to do our part to eradicate this hideous plague.

As always, to better days ahead…

Here's wishing you the bluest sky
And hoping something better comes tomorrow
Hoping all the verses rhyme
And the very best of choruses, too
Follow all the doubt and sadness
I know that better things are on the way

Here's hoping all the days ahead
Won't be as bitter as the ones behind you
Be an optimist instead
And somehow happiness will find you
Forget what happened yesterday
I know that better things are on the way

It's really good to see you rocking out
And having fun
Living like you've just begun
Accept your life and what it brings
I hope tomorrow you'll find better things
I know tomorrow you'll find better things

Here's wishing you the bluest sky
And hoping something better comes tomorrow
Hoping all the verses rhyme
And the very best of choruses, too
Follow all the doubt and sadness
I know that better things are on the way

I know you've got a lot of good things happening up ahead
The past is gone, it's all been said
So here's to what the future brings
I know tomorrow you'll find better things

Published by mikepowernyc

New album "Observations" available now. A veteran of NYC’s underground music scene, Mike Power played on the stages of such beloved lost venues as CBGB’s and Kenny’s Castaways, as well as stalwart surviving ones like Arlene’s Grocery and the Bitter End as singer/songwriter/bassist with Late Model Humans. In 2020, quarantining from the global pandemic he worked remotely with other artists to record a collection of new music called Observations, that infuses his punk roots with introspective acoustic pieces.

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