For this Valentines week, here is a sweet song to share with someone you love. “I Will Be There With You” (2008) was written by David Foster and first performed by Katharine McPhee. The tone of McPhee’s voice beautifully suits the message of this song. (And it’s fun to think of McPhee and Foster collaborating on this song years ahead of their 2019 marriage.)
The piece opens with the piano providing a rhythmic accompaniment, and right away McPhee sings these optimistic and affectionate words:
If you could choose to go anywhere
Just close your eyes and imagine
The world belongs to just you and I
If I could be there with you
“If I could be there with you.” Words made more poignant during these difficult days of separation because of the global pandemic.
Reader, let us continue to be creative about how we connect with the ones we love. Let’s video chat with one of our best girlfriends, snail-mail a handwritten card to our favorite aunt, and dig out the dusty directions for how to make hubby’s favorite dinner. Let’s snuggle with the pup on the sofa and sing—yes, sing, because our furry friends don’t mind how in tune we are—more words of loyalty and hope:
We go and when we come back again
Everything seems like it’s new then
On rainy nights, tell me the story
Of when I was there with you
Reader, who are you thinking of this Valentines week?
How would you most like to share life with them today?
Here with you,
(Remember when we looked at the musical piece “Adiemus” and learned that it was originally written for a Delta Airlines commercial? Well, we’re continuing a theme. Japan Airlines picked up “I Will Be There With You” to use as inflight boarding music. Click here to watch one of their inspiring promotional videos. Click here to watch an artistic video created by a passenger on an international flight.)