Dolphins, Dead and Otherwise

29 May

Today a dolphin came ashore and died.  I can’t help but think this is some cosmic answer to the question that Tim Buckley raised in his song “Dolphins.”  He sings “sometimes I wonder, do you ever think of me?”  There isn’t a more emphatic “NO!” than a dead dolphin, is there?

Of course it’s probably narcissistic to imagine that a dead dolphin was sent to deliver a message to me, but if you read my other blog, you already know I am huge into signs.  It’s not like I hide it or anything.

Of course it could be a sign of something more ominous than indifference.  Last week a dead whale washed up.  This week, a dead dolphin.  And for the third day in a row, we’ve experienced a sonic boom that literally has shaken every house here.  I’m usually not much of a conspiracy theorist, but it’s not hard to think these events may be related.

In any case, the poor dead dolphin put “Dolphins” in my head and anytime Tim Buckley is in my head is a good thing.  I’ve been resisting delving into the Buckley family because Jeff was a friend, but I guess that reluctance is silly.  Certainly Tim’s amazingness needs to be acknowledged and “Dolphins” is one of my favorites.  It was written by the insanely talented Fred Neil, who is best known for writing  “Everybody’s Talkin’.”  Yes, the  Harry Nilsson/Midnight Cowboy song.

It’s kind of mind-boggling to realize that TIm Buckley recorded nine studio albums before he died – at age 28.

Download “Dolphins” here.  Meanwhile I’m going to continue to try to interpret my dead dolphin, and whatever portent that might be.


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