Does Anyone Care?

…”Understand the things I say

Don’t turn away from me

‘Cause I spent half my life out there

You wouldn’t disagree

D’you see me, d’you see

Do you like me, do you like me standing there

D’you notice, d’you know

Do you see me, do you see me

Does anyone care?”

Ode To My Family – The Cranberries




It’s been a funny week in the music world in Ireland this week.

We celebrated Shane MacGowan, (he of…Fairy tale of New York…fame) on reaching his 60 birthday.

Which I think surprised most of us who thought he wouldn’t see 40 with all his hard drinking.

And we lost Dolores O’ Riordan, the lead singer from The Cranberries.

All day yesterday the radio stations were wall to wall with Cranberry songs and people lamenting on her passing.

Listening to the songs brought me back to my time at home, locked up in my bedroom, listening to their CDs on a loop.

Yesterday, I downloaded the albums just to listen to them again.

That last line of that lyric up there stood out for me…Does anyone care?

Seems a lot of people did and wanted nothing more than to ring in with memories of the singer and her songs 

Most people she didn’t know, but her work made an impression on them and was part of their life’s soundtrack.

Sometimes we think that what we’re doing doesn’t make a difference to anyone, or we’ve got nothing to contribute, so we give up and stay small.

But…and I’ve said it before, some of the best ideas, books, stories, and creations are locked away in that noggin of yours.

Not sharing them means you’re depriving us all of something great.

What if Martin Luther King didn’t have a dream?

What if Walt Disney gave up because someone laughed at his first version of Mickey Mouse?

What is the Wright brothers stuck to making bikes?

What if you….

…it’s up to you to fill in the blank.

We’re all waiting on you.

PS  – Does anyone care?
We all did, Dolores.