Lyrical Legends: Patti Austin & James Ingram – How Do You Keep The Music Playing


How Do You Keep The Music Playing

Patti Austin & James Ingram

By Terrance Moore.


How do you keep the song from fading too fast?

Even as a child, I’ve always loved this song. There’s a delicate balance between melancholy and hope. The melancholy aspect spawns from the realistic possibility the relationship may not work. Yet they believe if they make the effort to nurture the relationship by continuing to be best friends and working everyday to make it better, their love will grow as they grow; and the music will never end.

The more I love..the more that I’m afraid..that in your eyes I may not see forever…

The lyrics to this song explore the side of relationships most people tend to avoid; until the song begins to fade out. With the divorce rate being over 50%, society doesn’t appear to be interested in keeping the music playing. Sometimes the record becomes so scratched it can’t be saved. E.g. Abuse, infidelity, etc. How do you keep the marital music playing? What steps can you take to make it last?

And since we know we’re always changing…how can it be the same?

For better or for worse, we’re constantly changing and growing as individuals. Over time our values change, and what we find important at one stage in our lives becomes irrelevant as we get older. The characteristics you found endearing enough to make you say “I do” may possibly lose their luster over time. The things you loved about your significant other in the beginning may one day end up irritating you to no end. And the future you once saw in their eyes may turn to doubt. In relationships, you never know if you’re going to grow together or grow apart. So how do you get prevent this?

If we can be the best of lovers
Yet be the best of friends
If we can try with every day to make it better as it goes
With any luck then I suppose
The music never ends

I don’t have the answer for everyone, because not every situation is the same. Our cultural differences make it impossible to come up with a “one size fits all” solution. But I will go so far as to say that love, laughter and respect are universal. If two people love each other as much as they love themselves, maintain a mutual respect for each other, and laugh and have fun together whenever possible; then it’s more than possible to keep the music playing.

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