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A Brief Sidelight on Process and an Old Story


o you're a writer. Where do you get your ideas?
         Some months ago, "Rozzi" released an intense single "Never Over You".
         Rozzi Crane has soul. She covers the great ones, like Bonnie Raitt, Etta James and Amy Winehouse. Her own catalog reflects those relationships that work like a minefield in the chance pathway of life.
         While "Never Over You" is The Days of Wine Roses set to a driving rock beat, "Uphill Battle" is a confessional piano ballad in the most ironic tradition of womanhood. The all-too-simple term for the voice of the song is "b-i-t ..." -- brassy, intense, intransigent, impossible, testing, contradictory, complex, heaven on the one night and ...
         There is brilliance in this song in the way that it functions from the other side of the matter, a man's viewpoint, like a one-way mirror. The important things to remember about a sheet of glass is that it shows an image with the illusion of depth, and that you cannot touch her.
         This is what I see.
         A man can be idealistic, blind to the reality of the woman he wants. He can fail to see the damage under the shining surface. His pride may lead him to believe he can love her enough to "fix" her.
         She's worth it only if she's worth all you have to give.
         While the relationship in "Ladysmith" is of two strangers who bond almost as uncle-to-niece, that value of all he has is what I had implicit in mind when I wrote it. Leelan has already given Jenny all that he has, including the terms that will enable her to accept those things. When she needs one last thing, he gives her that, too.
         The exchange pays off both ways. Leelan's legacy, the last vestige of his worth in this world, will not go into the hands of the tax man and an anonymous charity. His sense of purpose will outlive him.
         So, you're a writer ...
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