I remember the first time I heard the song. It was played by Santa Esmeralda. Which was the original? To me it did not matter. It was born with a Mediterranean soul, a quality that stayed with you. It speaks of intention, yearning, and much more. It talks about relationships, and stories, and the journey we call life.
Listen to this spectacular Italian version by The Trails Acoustic Trio (thank you, Mike). What do you feel in it? Beyond the lyrics, in the rhythm, the instruments, the beat. I hear and see all the times different is difficult, unpopular. There is no benchmark, it's too new.
I was listening to this interpretation of the song and I was thinking about negotiation of meaning in conversation. As we spend time talking "normal" with each other online, from all over the world, at the speed of Twitter, and FriendFeed, as we join and leave groups and communities, as we carry our personal brand across digital media, we experience each other in the same way neighbors for a day experience each other.
We agree, we disagree, we list, we delist, we listen, we ignore, all for mere fragments of time. We are also adept at marketing at each other - we put our best face forward while we sincerely and honestly build and reconstruct our digital imprint. That is a piece of us, it's not "us", really. It's moments in time that someone with patience would need to reconstruct. If we were to be still in time, which we are not.
Meanwhile the experience of all those exchanges and interactions changes us - the public us or how we think we are genuine online. Relationships are a contact sport. Meaning comes from the myriad little moments of pause, of "I just want to be with you" occurrences, while we negotiate the relationship between what our intent is and what comes across.
Are the conversations we are having true or just real adaptations? Just don't let me be misunderstood.