I was walking around the ridge across from Yeager Airport as I often do when the sound of the Cicadas was drowned out by roar of twin engines. The ridge line is close to the runway and the planes are often very low as they take off and land. Everything from passenger jets and C-130s to little Cessnas buzz about the mountains here.
Now, I’ll need to be honest that I’m not as familiar with the makes and models of small aircraft as I would like to be. I know it’s a small one and that’s about it. But it looked to me like that pilot was truly enjoying his job. Ever since the plane flew over the soundtrack in my head has been stuck on Lenny Kravitz signing the chorus to “Fly Away”.
“Oh I want to get away.
I want to fly away
Yeah Yeah Yeah”
According to Songfacts Fly Away was kinda an afterthought. It was supposed to be on the B side of the album. That’s right. The song that won the artist a Grammy was the one they thought wasn’t good enough to feature. A fact I didn’t know until I began to read up on it for this article. In fact it’s only because a friend advised him to halt production and restructure the album that the song was featured.
I started the article with the thoughts of pure joy and freedom that escaping from gravity would bring. The icon of the aircraft fully in it’s element and silhouetted against the cloudbank spoke to my soul and the deep desire to be unfettered. This is the same feelings invoked by the song and the two just go hand in hand. But what I learned was that sometimes it’s what we thought was failed effort can turn out to be the winning move if we’re willing to take a risk.
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