Sometimes Love Can’t Shut Up

Sometimes love can’t shut up.  It’s a bad habit that love can’t seem to break… not that it ever tried.  Love always seems to talk at the worst possible times.  Like when other much more deserving emotions wish to say their peace, and walk away.  I swear there are times that love, if it was smarter, would save itself the ass-whuppin’, and just move along.

Sometimes love can’t shut up.  It opens its mouth, not out of a selfish need to be heard, or to hear its own voice, but because love feels pain in the presence of another in pain.  And because love hurts when it feels pain in another, love risks… love dares.  Which may make love stupid, but love doesn’t care.

Sometimes love can’t shut up.  And it is mysteriously rewarded for its foolishness.  With silliness, and laughter, and sentences finished by another… and broken phrases that end in breathless sighs.  In these times, love loses its ability to remember anything but the moment, and the color of the eyes before it… and the hope of another day just like this one, because love looks for its own in the return of love.

Sometimes love can’t shut up.  Because love knows that if it does, it will disappear.  And while love may be bold and brave, and stupid and silly, and many things besides… love knows its own end.  Love knows the fear of becoming the one thing that love must not be… alone.  Because no matter how much love knows it should be complete within itself, love also knows that without the chance to give itself away, love dies.

Sometimes love can’t shut up.  If only for the reason that love knows it is right, and would rather say something than nothing, when saying nothing lets wrong go on.  Even if what love says falls on deaf ears.  Because love believes that even deaf ears may one day hear.  And if deaf ears can hear, then one day… dead hearts can beat.

So, sometimes…

 

Come see “Sometimes Love Can’t Shut Up” on YouTube at the all new “That Man Friday” space.  See you there.

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  • Love definitely has its own set of rules huh? Loved this piece. Especially the end “Even if what love says falls on deaf ears. Because love believes that even deaf ears may one day hear. And if deaf ears can hear, then one day… dead hearts can beat.”

    AND you are on Youtube!!! Woohoo! How exciting and cool to hear your voice 🙂

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    • Thank you TJ 🙂

      And yes, I’m even on YouTube now. So nice of you to tell people.

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      • Of course!! The Friday needs to be heard…dum dum duuuuum. Hehe ^_^

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        • Why am I last to know things? I’ma see if I can find you on You Tube. (Home of Scary Chicks) lol

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        • Elisa,

          Are there scary chicks on YouTube? I’m new to that neighborhood… maybe I need a chaperon.

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        • TJ,

          I can hear me being heard right now. Thank you for all the linkage 🙂

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  • I loved reading it, but loved hearing it spoken aloud even more. That’s pretty brave. It’s multimedia Friday!

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    • Lettuce,

      Brave… foolish… Friday. Thank you for reading it (and enduring the listening) 🙂

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  • My only problem with love speaking is when I wanna be in a bad mood and pout and love comes along spewing sunshiney happy thoughts. It’s just rude.

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    • …or chocolate Easter candy…? As your personal trainer, I recommend DARK chocolate for people who eat chocolate. And if you don’t like that, just hand the candy over to me and nobody gets hurt 😉

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      • You’re in luck! I LOATHE dark chocolate. rofl

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        • Sunshiny dark chocolate happy thoughts.

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  • I read this first then listened to it. Bill, not many can take words, write them -- speak them and evoke such strong emotions. A true talent like yours must be shared. Thank you for sharing this us via the written text and spoken word. Absolutely lovely. 🙂

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    • Katy,

      Thank you for the encouragement. Looks like I’m locked in now. More to come…

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      • Yep, Bill, you did it. You made us like you (and your writing) even more!! So get back to it and keep the dust off the microphone 😉

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  • Oh, Suki Suki now! Bill Friday is branching out to other platforms. Countdown to you taking over the universe?

    Really great piece, and like Rebecca, I liked it even more in spoken form. I’ve definitely known love that doesn’t shutup, and I’ve also found that my own love wouldn’t shut its yapper at times. Love gets away from us on occasion…

    Your writing is the gift that keeps on giving!

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    • Jenny,

      Taking over the universe to commence in 3… 2… 1…

      And yes, love has some very bad habits.

      Now back to comedy.

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      • I’m ready to bounce if you are!

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        • Jenny,

          Ready to bounce in 3… 2… 1…

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  • Artfully done Bill! That was fresh, and quite unexpected. I look forward to more of your multimedia work.

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    • Dan,

      Wait till you see my first live-action “LAX: Confidential”. Now THAT will be guaranteed to draw a crowd!!!

      Everybody better subscribe to my YouTube channel while there’s still time 🙂

      http://www.youtube.com/user/thatmanfriday

      (shameless plug included)

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  • Mann!!! I just kept thinking..I want some..I want some..I want some! Captivating! but kinda perverse too. The sound..the pace and space in your voice.. The longing, yet sternness..Wow. Quite interesting..no scratch that..Spell-binding!

    I think from now on..my nick-name for you will be Commander (out of complete adoration, of course). I was stuck on every syllable, every breath and every word. Excellent!!! Excellent!!!

    P.S. I’m headed to the grocery store..and I’m bringing my own bag..It has to be extra large for (what I got in mind)..hint hint.

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    • ML,

      Wow… (stunned silence)

      How many people besides me want to go, um… grocery shopping… right about now?

      Thanks always.

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  • Cher Duncombe

    I have tried to look for appropriate descriptions and accolades for this. You have charted a new frontier and have done so brilliantly. Your voice was meant for this and I think we all look forward to more!

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    • Thank you Cher. I think the my writing… and my YouTube channel extension of it… will be a weekly thing from now on.

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      • Cher Duncombe

        Sorry it has taken me so log to respond to this, Bill, but I have been living in chaos! No excuse. This video is so fantastic and people are right—you do have a quality voice that should be heard! Please, please do more of these. It is not just your voice but the words you write, as so few are able to do, that lend to this multi-media experience. You have incredible talent, so as a group we should hold you to your promise of MORE!

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  • Samuel Mael

    The ever mind expanding Bill Friday.

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    • JSM,

      Just gotta keep putting it out there. More to follow, including some live-action stuff at LAX… and maybe Starbucks.

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  • Anya Pham

    I loved this. I don’t know what else to say.

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    • Anya,

      Thank you very much. That was a wonderful thing to say.

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