My birthday is coming up (Friday). My friend, Robt, posted a link to a song by Jeff Buckley on Facebook and mentioned me because Buckley has been a muse to me on a few occasions. His album, Grace, is sublime and was the inspiration for the name of the house concert I founded which also is the name of this blog.
The other day, I was driving somewhere and had my iTunes on shuffle. A recording of Jeff Buckley doing a cover of a song called “A Satisfied Mind” came up. This song was written in 1954 by Red Hayes and Jack Rhodes. This Buckley recording was released on the posthumous “Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk.”
Thinking about Robt’s sweet post today and then remembering hearing that song the other day all combined to bring me this memory.
When I had just moved into the house that would be the first home of Meeting Grace house concerts, I walked through every room, corner to corner, as I sang “A Satisfied Mind” to the house, to myself, to the spirits that resided there.
The lyrics below are what Jeff Buckley recorded and what I sang in that house in Golden Hill, however, there are more verses.
May the words always ring true.
A Satisfied Mind
by Red Hayes and Jack Rhodes
How many times have you heard someone say
If I had money, I’d do things my way,
But little they know that it’s so hard to find
One rich man in ten with a satisfied mind.
Money can’t buy your youth when you’re old
A friend when you’re lonely, or peace to your soul.
The wealthiest person is a pauper at times
Compared to the man with a satisfied mind.
When my life is over and my time has run out.
My friends and my loved ones, I’ll leave them no doubt.
But, one thing’s gone for certain, when it comes my time
I’ll leave this old world with a satisfied mind.