One of my favorite recordings is Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me." As this election season comes to an end, this song has been going through my head.
To all the people who ran for office at the federal, state and especially local level, I say "thank you" and "God bless you." You were willing to step up and try to make a difference. I respect that. Not many of us are willing to actually enter the fray and take the abuse. It is easy to critize from the sidelines.
And, yes, we all want to be loved. But, as the song says, we can't make someone love us if they don't want to. Elections are a lot about acceptance whether it be in school or for President of the United States.
If you know anything about Bonnie Raitt, you know she is a political activist and has been her entire life. Not many people have that type of strength. She went to Radcliffe College -- the women's counterpart to Harvard before the two colleges became one. And you don't find any town that is more politically astute than Boston.
So as I sit in my home tonight watching the election returns, I think of this song and the woman who made it famous. And I am humbled by both.
If you hear the piano in this song, you will recognize the distinctive tones of Bruce Hornsby. But it is the voice of Bonnie Raitt that is ... haunting. It is so haunting it literally captures the heart and soul of a person so you can hear it.
Take 5 minutes and listen. You will be glad you did.