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December 05, 2013

And in the End

I came to understand and adore The Beatles through Jinil. He loved many bands and many artsits but emblazened in my memory is the early and ongoing education I received from him about the fab four. In many ways, The Beatles music became the soundtrack for many of our years in Bakersfield. I remember distinctly one time when he was so fascinated with the song "Her Majesty" from Abbey Road ... for its loveliness and its 23-second long brevity.

I've been listening to Beatles songs and other songs as I think about which one to choose as I put together the slideshow with photos that I'll be getting from friends and family. His friend Jay would probably agree that it should be a Beatles song.

IMG_2644But Jinil's passion for music reached far beyond The Beatles. For example, his friend Dennis recalls the two of them singing Neil Young songs together. Monica remembers his folksy period as she first heard the song "Freight Train" as performed by uncle Jinil.

During his college years, I also remember that he loved Frank Sinatra, especially the song "New York, New York." His college friend Michael confirmed this as he reminded me that Jinil had even gone to see Sinatra in concert. He also told me that Jinil loved the song "Our House" by Crosby Stills, Nash and Young ... which upon learnign this, I bought immediately on iTunes and have been listening to over and over again. It's a simple and sweet song with a melody and lyrics that paint a picture of a simple life of love that I think we all seek.

Because in the end, do we really need or want all that we think we need and want? Perhaps what we want in the end is just the simplicity of love and coziness. Like maybe a home with a warm fire, two cats in the yard, music, and some pretty flowers in a vase.

And perhaps occasional opportunities to look up and see the sky in the shape of a heart.

IMG_2306(photo by Jinil Doh)

Note: I'm not really done talking about Jinil and music. He was not just an appreciator of music but an incredible performer of music. That post will come later.



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Beautiful post Jenny! So very sorry for your loss!
Margie Rowles

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