I don’t think that we need to justify it, I mean honestly, historically this will not be remembered as a time for presenting the evidence and sane justifications. Nonetheless I am going to make a case for this photograph representing “The Four Tops” Motown hit song Reach Out I’ll be There. Take a moment to remember the lyrics:

“Now if you feel that you can’t go on
Because all of your hope is gone,
And your life is filled with much confusion
Until happiness is just an illusion,
And your world around is crumblin’ down;
Darling, reach out (come on girl, reach on out for me)
Reach out (reach out for me.)
I’ll be there, with a love that will shelter you.
I’ll be there, with a love that will see you through.
I’ll be there to always see you through.
When you feel lost and about to give up
‘Cause your best just ain’t good enough
And you feel the world has grown cold,
And you’re drifting out all on your own,
And you need a hand to hold:
Darling, reach out (come on girl, reach out for me)
Reach out (reach out for me.)
I’ll be there, to love and comfort you,
And I’ll be there, to cherish and care for you.
I’ll be there to love and comfort you.
I can tell the way you hang your head,
You’re without love and now you’re afraid
And through your tears you look around,
But there’s no peace of mind to be found.
I know what you’re thinkin’,
You’re alone now, no love of your own,
But darling, reach out (come on girl, reach out for me)
Reach out (reach out for me.)
Just look over your shoulder
I’ll be there, to give you all the love you need,
And I’ll be there, you can always depend on me.”

I look at this image of nearly bare branches strongly expanding through the frame, and I can hear the harmonies. I see the wrinkled bark, and recall the stretching vocals. Each resilient leaf is a sharp percussive beat. The lyrics are both desperate (like a leafless tree), and comforting (like pretty much any tree). Now I will acknowledge that not every person might feel that way about trees, or music; but I want to think that Therese does.

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