Welcome back to #MarcosPlaylist and #SaturdaySingalong with another song from the playlist I made for my grandson in August 2020 on Spotify, when he was just a few days old. I chose my favourite songs with a mellow rhythm to sing to him, dance with him cradled in my arms and perhaps send him to sleep, or at least calm him down! This post, tanka and playlist is for Marcos, now fifteen-weeks old.
Today I’m featuring Ain’t no Mountain High Enough, the song which has plenty of verions, was written by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson in 1966 and became a hit in 1967, when Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, recorded it.
Later in 1970 it became a hit again thanks to Diana Ross’s version which was her first solo number-one hit, nominated for a Grammay Award, after leaving the Supremes.
I vividly remember watching this scene in Stepmom (1998) with my own teenage daughters, now mothers with young children. We all cried our eyes out in this scene, when ‘the mother’, the wonderful, Susan Sarandon, sings the song with her young kids, because it is so emotional. No spoilers, if you haven’t seen the movie, watch it with a huge box of hankies. By the way, a very young, Julia Roberts, is the (not wicked) stepmom and Ed Harris, is the children’s father.
It’s such a comforting thought, that the person you love will be there when you need them. We can all relate to that need for safety, love and support. I really enjoyed singing this song to Marcos and I hope he’ll be able to count on his grandmother for many years to come! This Tanka is for him.
If you need my help,
Ain’t no mountain high enough,
To keep me away,
No matter how far you are,
I’ll find a way to your side.