Beautiful Boy

02 Aug

Today’s post is in honor of Jumpin’ Jack Flash, our great-nephew.  First of all, I’m WAY too young to have a great-nephew but so it goes when you marry someone MUCH older…heh.

Regardless, today, Mike & Amy finally get to take home their own beautiful boy, Jackson Alexander.  After exploding on the scene way too early and residing in the NICU for a little over four weeks, 5lb. 9 oz. Jack, is HOME.

The most appropriate song for this occasion is the wonderful Beautiful Boy, by the late, great John Lennon.  Recently, Ben Harper recorded a cover of Beautiful Boy for the Instant Karma:  Save Darfur CD.  It is lovely.

  (For the audio only — don’t know the author, but cute kids)

For you Lennon purists, here is the original…with footage of Lennon and family.

Beautiful Boy has been an absolute favorite of mine since it was featured in Mr. Holland’s Opus, when the Richard Dreyfuss character used the song in tribute to his deaf son.  As such, this song kun-NECK-ted for me on multiple levels.  Then, when Mr. D turned 50, I created a picture montage to various music, picking Beautiful Boy as the background music to pictures of his three sons.  It brought tears to both father and sons.

Lennon wrote Beautiful Boy for his son, Sean and the track was part of John’s last album, Double Fantasy.   Paul McCartney has stated that this is one of the best songs that Lennon wrote or did, indicating that it’s “beautiful and very moving” to him.  To him, and many others…

Close your eyes,
Have no fear,
The monsters gone,
He’s on the run and your daddy’s here,

Beautiful, beautiful,
Beautiful Boy,

Before you go to sleep,
Say a little prayer,
Every day in every way,
It’s getting better and better,

Beautiful, beautiful,
Beautiful Boy,

Out on the ocean sailing away,
I can hardly wait,
To see you to come of age,
But I guess we’ll both,
Just have to be patient,
Yes it’s a long way to go,
But in the meantime,

Before you cross the street,
Take my hand,
Life is what happens to you,
While your busy making other plans

Beautiful, beautiful,
Beautiful Boy,
Darling Sean.
Whispers “Goodnight, Sean.  See you in the morning.”

The highlighted “life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans” might just be one of the best lyrics or statements ever, particularly in the context of raising a child.  While going through the constant diaper changes, lack of sleep, temper tantrums, soccer games, teenage angst and countless other “stages”, we sometimes forget about the wonderousness of the current day and that we won’t pass this way again.  Believe me, you blink and they are grown. 

So, Mike & Amy, enjoy each minute, each hour, each day, each month and each year.  And, remember during the tough and challenging times (and you will have them) that “life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans”.  Don’t let looking to the future rob you of the present.  Jack is truly a gift and one to be treasured.  Lastly, I leave you with the words of a wise lady named Emma, “Jack is a blessing”.  If you repeat that over and over during the tough times, things will stay in perspective.


Posted by on August 2, 2008 in family, John Lennon, that's life, the beatles


5 responses to “Beautiful Boy

  1. kanniduba

    August 3, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    What a beautiful tribute MM! So glad to hear the babe is home! And by the way, I like the new look! You’re all making me think I should redecorate too! 🙂

  2. Amy deClouet

    August 4, 2008 at 10:53 am

    What an amazing tribute to Jack! Your thoughtfulness overwhelms me! Great song choice as well…but who am I kidding you are the Maven! I would expect nothing less!
    I feel as if I have hit the baby “jack”pot. Jackson was up only twice last night and is currently still asleep from his 7:00am feeding. Though I know there will be trying times, I do appreciate him easing me into this whole mommy thing:)
    We cannot wait for Jack to meet his Aunt Dee Dee and his namesake Uncle Al!
    Have a great week! Love you!


  3. music maven

    August 4, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Ames — That’s awesome. So glad that he’s home where he belongs. Enjoy.

  4. andrea

    August 22, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Hello there. I’m the mom to the two cuties that are on the Ben Harper video on this website. Their names are River and Finn and wait until I tell them I found them on this website. They’ll think they are famous!!!! My husband, Stan, made this video for me as a christmas gift just a couple of days after he was diagnosed with cancer. It was an emotional time, as you can imagine, and so everytime we watch this video, tears come to our eyes. I am happy to report that he is all healthy now! I just wanted to say how cute it was that you thought enough about our little video that you added it to your site.
    Stan, Andrea, River and Finn Gray

  5. music maven

    August 22, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Andrea — thanks for commenting. The video is lovely…you’re husband did a fantastic job. Music is so powerful and this song is one of the loveliest songs to convey a father’s love of a son.

    Thanks for sharing your story here, as well. And, they ARE cute kids!


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