How Does a Moment Last Forever?



Seconds become minute. Minutes become hour. Hours become day. Days become week. Weeks become month. Months become year. And so the time goes on and on. And so the life it goes on too. Year after year is passing by in our life; and we live by trying to capture every moment that we have. There are good times. There are also bad times. And some moments are memorable because we live it by love, because we live it in love, because we live it with love, and because we live it for love. Through the ups and downs in life, love is never bad. Through the highs and lows in life, love is never wrong. And there is no moment that is wasted if we spent it by love, in love, with love, and for love. As sincere as it is, hence it is heartwarming. As genuine as it is, hence it is heartfelt. Human’s relationships may never be perfect. There may be storms here and there. There may be tornado and volcano every now and then. However, whenever there is love, then there is still a guarantee that we can pass through it all. And make a moment that could last forever.

“How does a moment last forever? How can a story never die? It is love we must hold onto; never easy, but we try. –Celine Dion, How Does a Moment Last Forever

The first song I review for 2018 is titled “How Does a Moment Last Forever. It’s a song written by lyricist Tim Rice and composer Alan Menken for the Disney 2017 live action film, “Beauty and the Beast”. The ballad track is performed twice in the movie. The first one is by American actor Kevin Kline in his role as Belle’s father, Maurice. The second one is by Belle herself, whom is portrayed by Emma Watson. Canadian diva, Celine Dion, recorded the song which was included in the film’s soundtrack, released on March 10th, 2017. Lyrically, “How Does a Moment Last Forever” deals with the theme of nostalgia; about hanging on to precious moments. I choose it as the song to begin this new year, in hopes that this year we all could hang on to our precious moments in order to create more precious moments in the future.


"Beauty and the Beast: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" album cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

There is this good time in life. It’s the time that we would like to capture forever in the heart. It’s the time that has brought the light into our heart. It’s the time that we would like to last forever. It’s the time that has made us want to stop the time and place; wishing that we had a supernatural power to be able to do it. It’s the time of love. It’s the time that we would like to hold onto forever. It’s the time we would like to never end. “How does a moment last forever? How can a story never die? It is love we must hold onto; never easy, but we try. Sometimes our happiness is captured. Somehow, our time and place stand still. Love lives on inside our hearts and always will.” It’s the time when we are taught what and how love is. It’s the time that we would remember during the bad times. It’s the time that would give us strength when we are weak. It’s the time that would give us reasons to stay. It’s the time that would remind us of our purpose. It’s the time that would give us faith to believe; that there is a good thing in this life we can hold onto.
There is this bad time in life. It’s the time when our faith seems to fade. It’s the time that is so dark that it seems we have nowhere to go. It’s the time that is so awful that it seems we have lost everything we’ve had. It’s the time that is so rough that it seems we have nothing left to hold onto. It’s the time that is so hard that it seems that everything we do goes in vain. “Maybe some moments weren’t so perfect, maybe some memories not so sweet. But we have to know some bad times, or our lives are incomplete. Then when the shadows overtake us, just when we feel all hope is gone, we’ll hear our song and know once more, our love lives on.” During a time like this, the light of love, though it’s very dim, will shine upon our cold heart and give some warm to it. On the time like this, we must remember the love we’ve shared through the moments we’ve made. On the time like this, we must not forget that we have love, that we love and are loved. On the time like this, we are reminded that sadness exists in order for us to appreciate the joy.
There are good times and bad times in life. The good times exist to give us strength. The bad times exist to use the strength we have. The good times exist to cherish the moment. The bad times exist to make us grateful for the moment. The good times exist to prepare for the bad times. The bad times exist to appreciate for the good times. Good time is how we understand. Bad time is how we learn. We cannot have one without the other. And that’s how life goes. “How does a moment last forever? How does our happiness endure? Through the darkest of our troubles, love is beauty, love is pure. Love pays no mind to desolation; it flows like a river through the soul. Protects, proceeds, and perseveres, and makes us whole.” And amidst all of that, love is one thing that holds them together. Love is there during the good times. And love is also there during the bad times. Love creates the good times. Good times create love. Love is the thing that strengthens us in the bad times. Bad times strengthen the love. Hence life is imperfect without both of them.


Celine Dion at the "Beauty and the Beast" event | source: www.goldderby.com

Good times and bad times, they come hand-in-hand in life. Our life needs both, in order for us to be able to know and feel the essence of living this life. And every of them is what makes life worth living. “Minutes turn to hours, days to years then gone. But when all else has been forgotten, still our song lives on. How does a moment last forever when our song lives on?” Nothing lasts forever. And we will eventually die and leave this Earth. However, it doesn’t mean that we can waste our lifetime. The legacy, what we left behind in this world after we’ve gone; it’s the thing that matters and will last forever. It’s the thing that will live on forever, until the end of time, if the time has an end. Hence we’ve got to make every moment memorable. Hence we try to capture it in writings, poems, music, pictures, films, and stories. Hence we create literacy. And that is what will be the sign of the generation, age, civilization, and time. That is what the world will remember about us. That is how we live forever; and that, we do it with love, by love, in love, and for love.
Happy New Year, dear Friends. May the force be with us all.

“Minutes turn to hours, days to years then gone. But when all else has been forgotten, still our song lives on. –Celine Dion, How Does a Moment Last Forever




How does a moment last forever? How can a story never die?
It is love we must hold onto, never easy, but we try
Sometimes our happiness is captured, somehow, our time and place stand still
Love lives on inside our hearts and always will

Minutes turn to hours, days to years then gone
But when all else has been forgotten, still our song lives on

Maybe some moments weren’t so perfect, maybe some memories not so sweet
But we have to know some bad times, or our lives are incomplete
Then when the shadows overtake us, just when we feel all hope is gone
We’ll hear our song and know once more, our love lives on

How does a moment last forever? How does our happiness endure?
Through the darkest of our troubles, love is beauty, love is pure
Love pays no mind to desolation, it flows like a river through the soul
Protects, proceeds, and perseveres, and makes us whole

Minutes turn to hours, days to years then gone
But when all else has been forgotten, still our song lives on
How does a moment last forever when our song lives on?

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