Monday, December 10, 2007

Magic and Loss



Remember a fantastic Lou Reed album from 1992 titled Magic and Loss? The bottom line of this album can pretty much be summarized by this single line from the Magic and Loss song: "Theres a bit of magic in everything, and then some loss to even things out." I could not resist digging out the lyrics of this fabulous poem today, when happiness and grief were magically blended in my Inbox, forming a single bitter-sweet mashup piece of Conceptis family history time line.



First, unlimited happiness and congratulations to Natalia and Amit Shrira, who other than managing the entire manufacturing process of all Conceptis picture logic puzzles, have also gave birth to a beautiful new and first baby girl. We don't have any photos to report yet, yet this would be the cause for the fifth "second generation" celebration in Conceptis.

At the same time, condolences go do Nir, a close friend and head of Conceptis Flash engineering department, who's grandmother had passed away in Friday night after lying unconscious for 10 days. Nir's grandmother was old but a grandmother is always a grandmother. I was very young when both of my grandmothers have passed away but I still remember how I loved them and how sorry I felt when they were gone [song lyrics: lyricsfreak, album photo: Amazon]

Magic and Loss, by Lou Reed

When you pass through the fire, you pass through humble
You pass through a maze of self doubt
When you pass through humble, the lights can blind you
Some people never figure that out

You pass through arrogance, you pass through hurt
You pass through an ever present past
And its best not to wait for luck to save you
Pass through the fire to the light

Pass through the fire to the light
Pass through the fire to the light
Its best not to wait for luck to save you
Pass through the fire to the light

As you pass through the fire, your right hand waving
There are things you have to throw out
That caustic dread inside your head
Will never help you out

You have to be very strong, cause youll start from zero
Over and over again
And as the smoke clears theres an all consuming fire
Lying straight ahead

Lying straight ahead
Lying straight ahead
As the smoke clears theres an all consuming fire
Lying straight ahead

They say no one person can do it all
But you want to in your head
But you cant be shakespeare and you cant be joyce
So what is left instead

Youre stuck with yourself and a rage that can hurt you
You have to start at the beginning again
And just this moment this wonderful fire
Started up again

When you pass through humble, when you pass through sickly
When you pass through Im better than you all
When you pass through anger and self deprecation
And have the strength to acknowledge it all

When the past makes you laugh and you can savor the magic
That let you survive your own war
You find that that fire is passion
And theres a door up ahead not a wall

As you pass through fire as you pass through fire
Trying to remember its name
When you pass through fire licking at your lips
You cannot remain the same

And if the buildings burning move towards that door
But dont put the flames out
Theres a bit of magic in everything
And then some loss to even things out

Some loss to even things out
Some loss to even things out
Theres a bit of magic in everything
And then some loss to even things out

1 comment:

  1. Moonbeam McQueen17.12.07

    I used to have that album. Thanks for posting the beautiful lyrics. Congratulations to your one co-worker, and sympathy to the other.
    It's so odd, the way that births and deaths flow across our paths.

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