You’ll forgive me for bringing this up again, but there is really no other band on the planet that means as much to me as Counting Crows.
They’ve been with me throughout every good and bad time for the better part of the last 15 years, including the time I married -and then divorced- my wife.
Though I’ve a feeling I’ve already told you this story before, I’m going to tell it again today.
‘If It’s Love,’ She Said, Then We’re Gonna Have to Think About the Consequences
After first hearing Mr. Jones at my local rock club, I fell in love with the band’s debut album, August & Everything After.
On that album was a song that sounded, unlike anything I’d heard before, that when I listened to it and closed my eyes made me feel as though I were in a dark room watching my soul mate sleeping.
That song was called Anna Begins, and we’ll talk more about it in a moment.
At around the same time that I was going to the club that introduced me to Mr. Jones, I was joining the rest of the world in using this hip new thing called Myspace.
On Myspace, the rock club created a group to promote their nights, and it was through this group that I befriended a girl.
Her name was Anna, and she liked Counting Crows.
So, being the smooth hunk of Romeo I was in those days, I said something to her that I’ve never said to another girl since:
“You must really like Anna Begins.”
I know right, it’s amazing I’m not surrounded by women 24/7 with lines like that.
Her Kindness Bangs a Gong, It’s Moving Me Along…
Anyway, it was enough to keep the two of us talking, and we ended up going on a few dates.
A lot of those dates seemed to revolve around music. That was the one thing that brought us together, that helped us to bond, to become first best friends, then lovers, then partners.
I loved Anna, still do in my own way. I loved her so much that I proposed to her.
..And Anna Begins to Fade Away
We were married on April 5th, 2008, and though the marriage wasn’t to last, some of my happiest times are with her.
I remember the time we went to see Counting Crows at the Manchester Arena, I remember the two of us traveling all the way up to Scotland just to watch Counting Crows perform at the T in the Park festival.
I remember countless days out and cherished moments, and I’m grateful for all of them.
After we broke up, I found it very hard to listen to Anna Begins for a long time, but after the two us finally made peace a few years ago back, that is no longer the case.
Today, I listen to the song and I’m reminded, not so much of our relationship, but of the hope, optimism and joy that comes from being in love.
I listen to Anna Begin and I feel a warmth in my soul because I’m reminded of how good it feels to not only be genuinely in love but to be genuinely at peace once that love runs its course.
Thank you, Anna.
You changed my life for the better in more ways than you’ll ever know.