Midnight Blue

For my brother, who loved oak trees & sunsets.

A few years ago in March, my brother unexpectedly passed away. My life is filled with many happy memories of time we spent together. We shared a common love of humor, adventures, and sunsets. Our childhood was filled with swimming in our pool with our many neighborhood friends, having penny candy carnivals in our yard in the summer, and countless family camping trips to Yosemite to ride the double decker buses (long gone) and rafting the Merced River on inner tubes.

Throughout yesterday’s bike ride, I reminisced of our good sibling times and thought about the first album he gave me for one of my birthdays. It was “A New World” by Electric Light Orchestra and I played it on my record player until it was scratched and unplayable. A few years later, he gave me the album “Discovery” by the same group. So yesterday, “Midnight Blue” was the song from that album I heard over and over in my mind as I reminisced and remembered those special times I shared with my brother. While I miss him, I was blessed to have him in my life and I love the memories I have of he and I being kids together. Good times. Good times. Good times.

11 response to "Midnight Blue"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: March 11, 2020

    Such fond memories of your brother, who you were so fortunate to share so many good times with. This song for you is the best to offer for him on your reminiscing ride. Thank you for sharing.

    • By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: March 12, 2020

      Thank you Nancy, appreciate the kind words.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: March 11, 2020

    A beautiful tribute to your brother.

    • By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: March 12, 2020

      Thank you Rich.

    • By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: March 12, 2020

      It’s nice to remember fond times of my brother. I didn’t set out to make my bike ride about him, but it became that as my mind wandered freely to good times of our close sibling relationship. He was one special guy.

  3. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: March 12, 2020

    Wonderful tribute. I think you and your brother could sing this song together ‘You shine a little love on my life’

    I too wore out my ELO LPs and they were the first concert I ever saw. And I once walked across the Merced river at Yosemite too…it was freezing

    • By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: March 12, 2020

      Golly, that’s another good ELO song. I haven’t thought of that one in years, so I had to listen to it on YouTube. I bet ELO was pretty good in concert — lots of colorful lighting, I imagine. I never had the privilege of seeing them in person.

      You’re right about the Merced river. It’s very cold. We’d float on inner tubes from one bridge to the next near our campground, then walk back to the first bridge to put in again. That walk gave us just enough time to warm up our body cores again, so we could get back in the water for another and another and another round.

      Cheers & happy pedaling.

  4. By: gregblood Posted: March 12, 2020

    I’m not normally a sentimental guy, but your song and reminiscences got me to thinking about some of the loved ones I’ve lost. Good job.

    • By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: March 12, 2020

      I don’t tend to live in the past, but having a nice reminisce about my brother happened organically on the ride and it was really pleasant. Glad you were able to remember and reminisce about some you’ve lost too. Hope they are happy memories as well.

  5. By: The Navigator Posted: March 13, 2020

    Certain times of year when the sun angle and temperature are just right seems to bring back certain memories. It sounds like you had a wonderful childhood with your brother and I’m happy for you that he could accompany you on your ride. Your post is a touching tribute to him.

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