The Way That Led to Me

The Path Goes On - photo by Katie ( by Katie of A Virginia Writer’s Diary

Five years ago, Rhonda of Pollyanna’s Path (whose blog I still read and enjoy) nominated me for a blogger award. These days I leave such awards to newer bloggers, but I found it interesting looking back at Rhonda’s “tracing the way that led to you” questions:

What would be the first three songs in the soundtrack of your life?

My own compositions. I started writing songs when I was 13, so they have indeed formed a soundtrack for my life (along with the Beatles, Gershwin, and many others). My first song, “Sweet Marie,” had a melody stolen from an old music box. To that tune, I wrote the words, “We never speak of Sweet Marie, we shan’t ever use that name. We never speak of Sweet Marie, she’s not as sweet as she used to be.” Yes, I was trying to be precocious. Still am, I guess.

When I was in high school, my friend Marc and I wrote a tune entitled “Thursday Song.” The chorus–“Run and seize the day, chase the night away, everything’s all right, I feel happy in the morning light”–captured my idealism then. It still does. Even though I had a recurring nightmare at the time, I always woke up hopeful.

The song Impossible Love is featured prominently in my motion picture Healing River. I loaned it, if you will, to a troubled teenage runaway in the film, but it also captures my own deepest longings: “I need You to light up these dark, lonely halls, need to know You know my innermost walls, need You to live where I’ve wandered alone, need You to make my heart into Your home.”

What movie has not yet been made that you’d love to see?

Duh, I’m a filmmaker, so it would be one of mine. One screenplay I’d love to shoot is a comedic fantasy about a confused young man whose body is “invaded” by a race of microscopic aliens. Not the least bit scary, in fact oddly adorable, they help him find the way to his true self.

What books have most inspired your writing or life?

The Bible. Nothing else comes close. Some runners up off the top of my head: Everything by C. S. Lewis and G. K. Chesterton, Underhill’s Mysticism, Merton’s Seven Story Mountain, Cry the Beloved Country, Ellison’s Invisible Man, The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, Wright’s Native Son, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Flowers for Algernon, The Once and Future King, I Am Legend, Huckleberry Finn, Lord of the Rings, Dune, Slaughterhouse Five, Watership Down… These (and others) have helped shape both my imagination and my humanity.

What was your favorite age and why?

The age I am now. Creaky body parts notwithstanding, I’m more me than ever before. Of course, tomorrow I’ll be still more me-ish, so I suppose my favorite age is…

The age to come.

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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19 Responses to The Way That Led to Me

  1. I love the reading list!

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  2. C.A. Post says:

    Wondering if we were twins separated at birth and you got all the talent or if our angels just gave us the same reading lists!? 😁 Native Son and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn are the only ones I have not read . . . yet.

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  3. Afternoon plan: watch “Healing River” on Amazon Prime!

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  4. The way that led to me is a long and winding one, but I do agree under any circumstances my favorite age is indeed the age to come.👍

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  5. “What was your favorite age and why?” 29. Can’t help but miss my youth. No arthritis. Tennis with my doubles group daily in Augusta, GA. Rode my bike to the medical center each day down a beautiful wooded hill. Recovered well from my marriage of less than a year. Needed to come to some level of peace to prepare my heart and mind for my spouse, Kristine, at 31, and our precious Lord at 40. Thank God for an ENORMOUS, larger-than-life blessing, at 40, amid my midlife crisis. Thanks for asking.

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  6. During my 50s, I felt like I fit in my skin. I liked being that age, until fibromyalgia showed up.

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  7. Mitch, for the movie, I would like to see your production of my book “Satan’s Worst Nightmare.” … Just sayin’ 😏

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  8. Grant at Tame Your Book! says:

    Your film concept struck a cord! And I love your list of inspirational books topped by the Bible. I don’t want an earlier age. No, I’m looking forward because it’s just the beginning. Thanks, Mitch!

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  9. Damyanti Biswas says:

    I’ve been so sick. I think I’ll need a motion picture to get me out of this funk 😀 I’m going to watch “Healing River”. BRB Haha!

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  11. usfman says:

    If I scanned a list of books currently banned for political reasons, I might find the one to most fully embrace for my entire life.

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  12. Love the song list! But, it’s definitely the reading list for me!!

    Movie idea is on point as well!

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  13. I love that answer for your favorite age. Yes, “the age I am now.” I have a few friends who insist on living in the past or planning to enjoy living in the future. I find the past is a great place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there. As for the future, not even tomorrow is promised. I might as well make the best of my life right now and thank God for all He’s brought me through.


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