Don't let the Magic Get Away

This Blog details how Lionel Richie’s hit song, Running with the Night, inspired me as I was cleaning my home.

EDITORIAL

Miquiel Banks

4/15/20242 min read

cover image of this blog featuring the hit song, running with the night, by lionel richie
cover image of this blog featuring the hit song, running with the night, by lionel richie
We had to get out before the magic got away

- Lionel Richie (Running with the Night, 1983)

image of record and record sleeve, lionel richie, running with the night
image of record and record sleeve, lionel richie, running with the night

Reflecting on Life

And I sit and reflect.

There was nothing wrong with my notes.

There was something wrong with me.

I made the mistake we all make.

Is it the greatest mistake?

Some would argue, but me.

Does it matter when all mistakes slow us down?

And my mind goes back to Lionel’s 1983 album - Can’t Slow Down.

Was he sending me a message?

Of course he was, it’s the 80s!

image of 45, running with the night by lionel richie
image of 45, running with the night by lionel richie

Conclusion

And I slow myself down and take in a deep breath.

And go back over my notes.

I let myself down.

Lionel warned me decades ago - Can’t Slow Down.

Why didn’t I listen?

Like you, I let time distance me from the light within.

I let the magic get away.

And so I put the song on repeat and waited for my favorite part.

  • We had to get out before the magic got away


And the moral of this blog is simple.

Don’t let the magic get away!

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Introduction

I start cleaning.

And continue cleaning.

Until a stack of old notebooks captures my eye.

Tucked into a corner, the notebooks crowd the corner, pushing back into the darkness.

As I sigh, I grab the top three notebooks and scan them.

Page after page, I find wonderful book titles, song lyrics, storylines, and story concepts.

And I laugh at the notes.

This is going to be huge, big.

This book is going to make you famous.

Suddenly, Lionel’s voice cuts through my thoughts.

  • We had to get out before the magic got away

  • We were running with the night