In Loving Memory

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

We were busy growing up, sometimes without realizing that our parents, our grandparents, they were getting old too. And suddenly there is one day when we come to understand, that sooner or later we got to let them go. I lost someone today. Someone I hold most dear. Someone I cherish. Someone I love with all my heart and soul. My precious. My Granny. Someone said to me, when a person died, it’s not only that person who actually died, but also the people around. I saw many people died tonight, along with my Granny. Including me, my Mom, my little brother, my Uncle. Basically everyone here tonight. My little brother was crying like a baby in my embrace, and that was the first time I ever saw him crying like that since he was born. My Mom, well, she lost her mother. I couldn’t imagine how devastated she was. And it was breaking my heart to see her like that. Today’s song for Male Special Part 2: Ways of Being A Man is specially dedicated to my late Granny; “In Loving Memory” by Alter Bridge. It might be out of theme since Alter Bridge is a band instead of solo singer, yet I don’t care. Exceptional occasion needs an exceptional measure. In terms of purely personal significance, we cannot get any deeper than that, even for a tough guy like my little brother, or my Uncle.

Thanks for all you’ve done. I’ve missed you for so long. I can’t believe you’re gone. You still live in me. I feel you in the wind, you guide me constantly. I’ve never knew what it was to be alone, no, ‘cause you were always there for me, you were always home waiting. And I’ll come home and I miss your face so, smiling down on me, I close my eyes to see.” –Alter Bridge, In Loving Memory

“In Loving Memory” was released on August 10th 2004 as a part of Alter Bridge’s debut studio album, "One Day Remains". Although never released as a single, this rock ballad track is one of the band’s most popular songs among fans and is performed frequently in concert. The band’s guitarist, Mark Tremonti, wrote the song about the death of his mother. In an interview with MTV, he said, “It is definitely a sad, but uplifting song.
Lyrically, well, what more can I say? “In Loving Memory” speaks about the longing we feel for someone who had passed away. Somehow, I believe that someone who passed away, particularly someone significant for us, is actually never leave. Their souls might have left their bodies, yet they’re still here; living in our hearts and memories. For the strong connection we shared, we know that they’re watching over us. “Thanks for all you’ve done. I’ve missed you for so long. I can’t believe you’re gone. You still live in me. I feel you in the wind, you guide me constantly.” They’re forever a part of us. Their kindness, warmth, and love they gave to the world, we keep them all and cherish it for the rest of our lives. We’ll bring it until forever and for always. “I carry the things that remind me of you, in loving memory of the one that was so true. You were as kind as you could be, and even though you’re gone, you still mean the world to me.”
There are three stages of longing. The first one is reminiscing, and that’s what I’ve explained above. The second stage is missing. Well, when someone significant for us is gone, something has changed. It’s inevitable. Something will be missing. Something will be lost. Something will never be the same again as before. “I’ve never knew what it was to be alone, no, ‘cause you were always there for me, you were always home waiting. And I’ll come home and I miss your face so, smiling down on me, I close my eyes to see.” It feels empty. When it’s already empty, then it will feel emptier. I always hate funeral. It always make me feel empty. But this time is different; it feels emptier. I guess because I already know that it will be different from now. “I’ve never knew what it was to be alone, no, ‘cause you were always there for me, you were always home waiting. But now I come home and it’s not the same, no. It feels empty and alone, I can’t believe you’re gone.”
The last stage is accepting. She’s in the better place. Someone said to me tonight. Don’t worry. I’m not worried. I’m just sad. But I’m glad, though, at some point. Because, well, he’s right. She’s been relieved from her pain and sorrow. And yes, I believe that she’s in the better place right now. “I’m glad He set you free from sorrow. I’ll still love you more tomorrow, and you will be here with me still. All you did, you did with feeling, and you always found the meaning, and you always will.” At this point I remember this song. And somehow, listening to it comforts me. My Granny might not lead a perfect life, yet she’s a perfect grandmother for me. The way she smiled, the sound of her soft voice called my name, the warm touch of her hands, the way she talked and walked; she’ll be missed in loving memory. “And I know, you’re a part of me, and it’s your song that sets me free. I sing it while I feel I can’t hold on. I sing tonight, ‘cause it comforts me.”
Tremonti wrote and composed “In Loving Memory” along with his band members, Myles Kennedy, Brian Marshall, and Scott Phillips. It also features string arrangements by David Campbell. First time I recognized this song was during my junior high school days. When I was 16, this song became the theme of my Grandpa’s death. And now, the moment is coming again tonight. Well, rest in peace, Granny. How’s the afterlife? I hope it’s wonderful.

I carry the things that remind me of you, in loving memory of the one that was so true. You were as kind as you could be, and even though you’re gone, you still mean the world to me. I’ve never knew what it was to be alone, no, ‘cause you were always there for me, you were always home waiting. But now I come home and it’s not the same, no. It feels empty and alone, I can’t believe you’re gone.” –Alter Bridge, In Loving Memory






“Thanks for all you’ve done, I’ve missed you for so long, I can’t believe you’re gone
You still live in me, I feel you in the wind, you guide me constantly

I’ve never knew what it was to be alone, no
‘Cause you were always there for me, you were always home waiting
And I’ll come home and I miss your face so
Smiling down on me, I close my eyes to see

And I know, you’re a part of me, and it’s your song that sets me free
I sing it while I feel I can’t hold on, I sing tonight ‘cause it comforts me

I carry the things that remind me of you, in loving memory of the one that was so true
You were as kind as you could be, and even though you’re gone, you still mean the world to me

I’ve never knew what it was to be alone, no
‘Cause you were always there for me, you were always home waiting
But now I come home and it’s not the same, no
It feels empty and alone, I can’t believe you’re gone

I’m glad He set you free from sorrow, I’ll still love you more tomorrow
And you will be here with me still
All you did you did with feeling, and you always found the meaning
And you always will, and you always will, and you always will”

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