It’s funny – well maybe not so much as funny but ironic : when I used to listen to CAROLE KiNG’S ‘TAPESTRY’ growing up, HOME AGAiN was a favorite even then. This was before I ever left Manitoba – and I somehow loved the sentiment of this song, despite having never been away from ‘home’ long enough to miss its comforts.
TAPESTRY is/was a pop album released in 1971 on ODE RECORDS. It is one of the best-selling albums of all-time, with over 25 million copies sold worldwide. It received four GRAMMY AWARDS in 1972, including ALBUM of the YEAR and in 2003, ranked number 36 on ROLLiNG STONE magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
HOME AGAiN was never the huge hit that say IT’S TOO LATE or YOU’VE GOT A FRiEND was – but it’s simplicity make it a sweet stand-out on its own for me. I found myself singing it the other day, as I was thinking about how new, strange and difficult it will be for me to leave Ontario at the end of July, as I make my way back to Manitoba after all these years for a new job. I may be moving a head and towards something new – but I am also already feeling the sting of loneliness that I anticipate will hit me hard once I’m there and settled in more. I will be a part from my love, and the comforts that come along with the home we have here and all of its fixings… and while I am still here enjoying my last month, I already miss him/home – like its already gone…. so this song speaks to my heart today but I know that everything meaningful to me here will remain just that . There is comfort found there – as i will return home to Ontario one day too!