About two years ago one of the main librarians at my local library retired after some 25 years at that library and 30 years in the field altogether. The conversation I had with her on her final day inspired a song titled "Lady of the Books", which I have since had demoed. I indicated at the time that the place would have a hard time filling her shoes. I had actually wanted to write a piece with that title but at the time could come up with nothing that made sense. So now, after two years, I was able to do it. While the original song focused on the lady herself, this piece focuses more on my reaction to hearing the news quite suddenly. I actually didn't know she was planning to retire until that very day. This is not a sequel to the original song, but while on the first song the focus was outward, this one turns the focus more inward.


FILLING YOUR SHOES

c2017 Brian Beecher


I just learned that you are leaving
Didnít know before today
I know weíve all got to keep moving
But Iíll miss some of the things we had to say

Though I was a bit sad when I heard the news
I know itís your time to make the move
Canít help but feeling a bit of the blues
It will be hard filling your shoes

Itís important to remember
As the time comes to say goodbye
That we do not have all the answers
But you taught me you canít succeed till you try

Though I was a bit sad when I heard the news
I know itís your time to make the move
Canít help but feeling a bit of the blues
It will be hard filling your shoes

Once when the storms of life were so much more
Than my soul could endure
You said hang in there things will work out
A moment of clarity for sure

Though I was a bit sad when I heard the news
I know itís your time to make the move
Canít help but feeling a bit of the blues
It will be hard filling your shoes

Oooh, it will be hard filling your shoes




Last edited by beechnut79; 08/08/17 10:25 AM.