Our story inspires a song

When I received an email out of the blue from some dude named  David Lockwood saying he was a “singer/songwriter” making an album called “Modern Love,” partly inspired by essays in the column of the same name in the New York Times – “yours among them” – I thought yuh-huh, right, whatever. How many people claim to be “singer/songwriters.” Probably the same number who say they’re “freelance writers.” (Hey, I really am one!) And I wondered what he wanted from me. (Turns out, nothing.)

So I did a little digging, and lo and behold, David really is a published singer/songwriter with professional credentials, and “my” song, titled “Gone” and based on this essay of mine published in the New York Times, is lovely! He says it’s his personal favorite, but he probably says that to all the girls. The lyrics are at the end of this entry. I was relieved to see that he took the message I intended – my relationship with my spouse has changed and some things, indeed, are gone, but our love remains. Thanks, David, for getting it! 

Meanwhile, I discovered that David, who lives in one of my favorite towns – Plymouth, NH – knows folks here in the Durham, NC, who I have connections to. And he even bought a copy of my guidebook, “Farm Fresh North Carolina.” Thanks, David!

I said earlier that David didn’t want anything from me. That’s not entirely true. He’d love me to spread the word about his Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the album. If you can spare even $5, David and muse would be appreciative. Me, I’m giving $25 so I can get a copy of the actual CD, though I’m guessing David would send me one anyway.

Here’s to art and music that, as David explains on his Kickstarter video, examines real love stories in all their glory and gore, not the Cinderella versions of life that we all know are nothing more than, yup, fairy tales.


Seas of gray, a late November

Day we sail into dawn

Haul away, boys, to paradise

For the life we’ve known

Is gone, gone, gone, gone, gone


Say goodbye, stow these memories

Safe below, we’ll go on

Wear these words down to silence

For the life we’ve known

Is gone, gone, gone, gone, gone


Will you know my old face in the days that remain

Will there be any trace, any scar left beyond

Where the children once played, ran wild in the rain

And the love we’ve known

Would never be gone, gone

And the love we’ve known

Would never be gone


Now we roll down the runway

Skies of blue, but you come undone

Pray to God…please…stay…leave…lose your bearings

For the life we’ve known

Is gone, gone, gone, gone, gone

But the love we’ve known

Will never be gone

 © 2012 David Lockwood/Azurine Music

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7 Responses to Our story inspires a song

  1. Kristin says:

    Wow, what a gorgeous song! I agree, David really got your story. When they make the movie of your story, his can be the theme song.

  2. Erica Leigh says:

    Hello, I’m one of the voices on Modern Love. I wanted to first say that I read your essay and I found it emotionally gripping, honest, vulnerable, strong & inspiring. Thank you so much for having the courage to share your story! It meant a lot to read it, and although I’ve never experienced those things, your tender account of what you went through had me captivated all the way through and left me kind of stunned, reflecting about love, life, loss and change. I will also add that I really have enjoyed working with David. I was intrigued to read the muse for his beautiful work, and I can see why he was drawn to your story. Through getting to know David, he’s become a friend, a mentor and an inspiration to me. I am glad that you guys have connected, and I look forward to hearing how the album turns out! Thanks for your courage to share – wishing you well!

    • didaniel says:

      Thank you so much, Erica. Your story is quite stunning as well. I think we all need to meet up at the record release party! Maybe we can get Modern Love editor Dan Jones to join us!

      • Erica Leigh says:

        That sounds great, I’m totally on board with that idea! Will look forward to when everyone’s paths cross… I’ve always loved music because of the way it brings people together, and now I’m seeing it happen in a very real way right before my eyes! How serendipitous! Can’t wait. Thanks for following up with me as well as my story. Be well & see you soon!

  3. Katja says:

    Diane: What a moving story for the New York Times! I am always very touched when I hear of couples that overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and they overcome them unscathed. It takes a lot of courage to be so publicly vulnerable and share your innermost fears. Thank you!

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