A Weathered man’s face
Each crack telling of
past Decades in time
and piercing the soul
His story untold
There is just something about The Cure’s album cover, “Standing on a Beach,” that always makes me take pause. I never understood. I think when I was a young high school student, I thought it odd they chose an old man for their cover. But, what I found even odder, was that I even spent any time thinking about the cover at all. Who cares.
As time went on, occasionally, I would come across the disc to play and inevitably pause and ponder over it again. Why am I so drawn to this cover?
Since we are preparing to move, and with today’s technology, we thought of selling all our discs. But I don’t have the heart to sell or give away the years of discs we have accumulated. There’s such a great collection, and I fear I’ll forget the songs exist and to down load them later. (Oh, yeah, that one!) Nor do I want to pay for something (again) when I already own. I went through this when cassette tapes went to CD. Wait, where’s my “They Might be Giants” CD I think the kids might like some songs…(oh) that was the tape. (ugh). One day, something came up and I referenced the infamous “Eat me” on the Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill. – my husband had no clue to the reference, we have it… (My husband, we do?) – oh, no, that was the tape. Licensed to Ill was a fun album. Damn it. (my hubby, I’d remember if we had that one)
So, we decided to keep them, especially for those times when we are driving far and in middle of desert, we have discs to listen to. It’s a long drive from California to Oregon, which we’ll be doing at the end of August. Going through the Grape Vine, we’ll need tunes!
As I was packing, again, I came across the “Standing on the Beach,” disc. We have several, yet the weathered man caught my eye. What is so damn compelling about this? It inspired me to attempt a poem, but I don’t know if I did it justice.
And, it only seems appropriate to end with something off The Cure’s, Standing on the Beach Singles. There are several great songs, and I found this REALLY COOL, old video of them in 1979 – playing “A Forest” and you can actually SEE Robert Smith’s face. Before black hair, white face and black eyeliner and sunglasses! I much prefer this look of the band before they faded to black.