Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Would You Harbor Me?

This post came about in a bit of an odd way; roundabout. Another writer in the spring Lit Star Training posted to our Facebook group that she was developing her web presence, as seems to be required of writers these days, so she set up a Twitter account.

"If you follow me, I'll follow you," she posted to the group.

I did. She did. Others have and will and some are not yet on Twitter.

But her post brought this song to mind and I searched YouTube to see what I could find. I found several versions of "Would You Harbor Me" but the one I was specifically looking for was by Sweet Honey in the Rock. I haven't found a video of them performing the song, but I did find two videos someone else created with their version of the song.

The song is one of my favorites.

And I'm glad to be reminded of it. In the cyber/social media world authors are expected to inhabit, I think that "follow me/follow you" can also mean "harbor me/harbor you." Yes, I know this song is so much deeper than that and it's important to have support and some familiar names in our friends and followers lists as we make our way.

Who would you add to the list of the song? Who do you want on your list to harbor and be harbored?

I'm embedding the ocean version video I found, as I love the pairing of waves on the beach and this song. The link below that video is well-done - great imagery, good blending it together, and it feels a little more overt with less room for viewers and listeners to imagine. But it's a good video, so check it out if you want more imagery or to see what someone else has done with this song.

The second video can be found here.