Song of the Moment: Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters

A couple of years ago at work, we did a CD exchange where we made mix CDs for people in our group and ended up with five new CDs of our own. One coworker in my group included the Indigo Girls’ cover of Elton John’s “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters,” and there was one line in particular that stood out to me: “I thank the Lord for the people I have found.” I’ve loved Elton John since I was a kid, and I have over forty of his songs on my iPod, but I didn’t have this one. So I listened to his version, discovered that it was even better (and that it was in the movie Almost Famous, which I saw a long time ago and had forgotten about), and promptly bought it.

The speaker in this song lives in New York City, where I’ve never lived, but the idea in the song, of being overwhelmed and disappointed with where you are in life but still finding hope and inspiration from the people in your life, really resonated with me. I’ve felt that way a lot of times throughout my twenties—that even when things were crazy and upsetting, there were always people to hang onto—“I thank the Lord there’s people out there like you.” And I have been feeling very grateful lately for the people I have found. So this Song of the Moment is for all of you.

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