The blog-o-sphere is like a train station, with hourly arrivals and departures we either connect with, make part of our routine or miss completely. When Samara pulled into my WordPress depot a few years ago, I knew hers was a crazy train offering stunning viewpoints as well as stretches of dangerous track. But I also knew no matter how close her stark honesty and razor-wire wit might come to causing a derailment, I could trust we’d always arrive safely at our destination because of her caring heart and adeptness as a writer.
So when I was invited to join other bloggers in wishing Samara a Happy Birthday today with a post — and a musical toast — I hopped aboard quickly. Although, to be honest, I would’ve been willing to steal a horse and gallop alongside in order to catch this train of well-wishers. That’s because I’m as much a fan and admirer of her blogger persona as I am of her person: devoted and kick-ass mother to equally kick-ass Little Dude; astute and introspective writer who can be simultaneously sarcasitc and warm, tough and vulnerable; and devoted friend to the coolest collection of “sisters” in the blog-o-sphere.
When it came to choosing a song that represented my thoughts of Samara, I knew it needed to be something a little edgy, classic and something which — like the birthday girl — had an underlying message of goodness beneath the bravado. Those who know me probably expected an AC/DC song. But when it came down to it, the opening lyrics to Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” said it best:
Crazy, but that’s how it goes
Millions of people living as foes
Maybe it’s not too late
To learn how to love
And forget how to hate…
These words, in contrast to Osbourne’s driving vocals, represent Samara to me: Though the attitude is pure unapologetic hard rock, there is a softer message being delivered beneath the melody that is universal in its desire for something better — For all of us.
That’s why when I think of Samara, I think of “Crazy Train.”
Plus, I’ve heard she has a nice caboose.
Happy Birthday, Samara!