That song, The Power Of Love, by Huey Lewis and the News, was a huge hit in 1985, on the soundtrack to the movie Back To The Future. I was 30 years old and fascinated by the power of love, in the romantic way. “Love” could bring me to my knees, with an unexpected phone call or letter (what’s a letter?).
The 1980’s melody hasn’t completely stood up to the passage of time, and the words are corny, but they still resonate with me.
Don’t take money, don’t take fame
Don’t need no credit card to ride this train
Tougher than diamonds and stronger than steel
You won’t feel it until you feel
You feel the power, feel the power of love
The opposite power, that of hate, has been inflamed in my country. It’s all around in the media and in restaurant conversations, and hard to escape. Last night at a pub in NYC, two very drunk men verbally assaulted, and threatened to hit, the man sitting next to me at the bar. They thought that instead of watching the baseball game, he was eyeballing them.
The ugliness ended with a whimper, as the angry drunks left the bar, still loud and full of hate. No physical blows were exchanged. I talked to the man who’d been threatened, a quiet and intelligent fellow. He said he didn’t give the incident much thought, and he rose above.
Not me, I thought, I hold a grudge. The two nasty men still weigh on my mind. I need to be more like the good guy who rises above. That’s the power of capital-L love.
Love, in this case expressed as kindness and serenity, can still rule the day. May it be ever so.
Some scenes from the city that never sleeps, and with which I am deeply in love:
Stay fabulous and feel the power, xo,
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