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| like a river flows so surely to the sea |

Like the lyric says, some things are meant to be.

Some songs strike a certain chord within a person – for whatever personal story hidden deep within their heart, whatever memories they make flow back, or whatever loved ones suddenly cross their mind — certain songs touch us and instantly become special.

The other day I stumbled upon a cover of the Elvis song, “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” and all I can say is that it left me breathless. The rendition was played on a ukulele and the voice of the artist surprised me after seeing some of his other work. But that’s the beauty of love – like the artist and his surprisingly beautiful voice – is the constant surprise of how someone can make you feel. The unknown of letting your guard down around a person and knowing they can give you the greatest happiness or sadness.

That happiness and sadness overwhelmed me all at once.

I thought about the happiness and sadness that love has allowed me to feel in my past — and how I still cherish all those moments, good and bad. All those moments that have left me to be who I am today. Like this song was meant to be, so is this post sharing a few of the renditions that have moved me most:

First — twenty one pilots on the ukulele:

Then, this gripping and beautiful rendition on the violin:

And lastly, a gospely/ folk version by Fleet Foxes:

This entry was posted in: Music


I'm a native of Maine, currently living and working in Portland where I write about my favorite travels and new experiences. I have been published on various travel blogs as well as have collaborated on writing projects with companies such as the travel search engine Hipmunk and Spanish hotel chain Bahia Principe. When I'm not writing, I enjoy being on the ocean, sipping tasty wines, waking up to strong coffee, and sharing all these things with my friends. You can follow my writing at

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