Thanks - final post
There are some words and an image that have been with me during the 366 Days of Sara. The words come from the poet Allen Ginsberg, and are often quoted as
Follow your inner moonlight, don’t hide the madness.
In fact he didn’t ever quite say or write them like that (as this reveals - read it, it’s great) but coming across that in the autumn of 2011 was enough to give me the ‘mad’ idea to try and blog about one song for a whole year. And in that year I’ve discovered that I couldn’t have chosen a better song. Stevie said she always knew ‘Sara’ was a song “you could fall in love with”, because she did. It called her, and she followed, and that took courage - so many times it took courage for her to stay with that strange, transcendent song, but she did.
The image that’s been with me is the one above this post. Stevie, eyes closed, singing to and about the poet in her heart, a poster child for the beauty and power of inner-moonlight. Over the past year I just grew to admire her more and more. For me, she’s the best, just the best.
And you guys. I can’t thank you all enough for following and being alongside at the end of this journey. I’ve loved seeing my dashboard fill up every day with your posts. You are without exception funny and insightful and passionate people, and I hope someone somewhere is telling Stevie that she can be very proud of the sort of fans she attracts on the big bad internet!
A half dozen or so of you have given me ‘likes’ and other encouragement when it mattered most. I’m not going to name names because I’m terrified of overlooking someone, so hopefully you will know who you are, and that you have my heartfelt thanks.
I am, though, going to have to name a few people who have specifically helped me to complete this, in various ways:
battleofthedragon – You keep changing your name, and I know I don’t always ‘get’ you, but you were a frequent correspondent when I didn’t realise how much I needed one. Thank you.
girlboymusic – Your brilliant essay about Stevie simply inspired me to write more (so all the reading’s her fault, everyone).
goldduststevie – Truly, where would this fandom be without you? You never fail to come up with amazing pictures and seem to know everything! We are all in your debt.
ogypsybird – Reblogging you was the first post I made, and your Tumblr was the one that made me wonder if here was a place where it’s okay to think out loud about why we feel so much for music and musicians.
And in the non-Tumblr world…
Sara Fleetwood – We never did quite manage to connect, Sara, but it was thrilling to know that you knew about this and thought it was fun. I didn’t share the story you told because I haven’t been able to ask you if I could, but it was great and made me laugh!
The Ivory Keys Facebook group – An essential resource for anyone interested in Stevie rareties, and I made full use of it for versions of ‘Sara’.
On Twitter, @CA_Dream has been wonderful. Thank you so much for all the RTing and talking to me.
Love & thanks to you all.
New blog link: As you know, I’m moving now to a new Stevie/FM blog called smile-at-the-sea. I’ll still answer messages and stuff here, but there won’t be any new posts.