On the Sunny Side of Life
Everyone has had those days when there seems to be a dark cloud hanging over your head. Whether the cause is a major event or an accumulation of smaller troubles, at times even the sunniest disposition can get tarnished.
I’ve always found that music can play a substantial roll in parting the clouds to reveal the sun once again. A favorite song can have a healing effect. Master Autoharpist, Bryan Bowers, on his CD “Friend for Life”, states that once “you learn a song, you have a friend for life.” I have several favorite songs that I hum or sing to myself when I am in a particularly good mood, but I’ll also sing them when I find myself in a rut and need to chase the blues away.
Then there are those songs written to celebrate life and the good times. These songs have an infectious quality that makes it hard not to get caught up in the good feelings.
A few songs to roll away the clouds:
And a few favorite songs:
Possibly my all-time favorite song, original (and best, IMHO) by Grayson & Whitter, but I posted that not too long ago.
The dog ate my homework:
Well now, doesn’t it figure? I had planned to continue our discussion of the ability of music to lift the spirits, but I didn’t get home last night until well after midnight, too beat to do much more than climb into bed. As always, my alarm went off at 4:30 this morning and I was on my way back to work. It wasn’t until lunchtime that I realized that I hadn’t eaten since lunch the previous day.
I had hoped to write two separate posts, one on “Sunny” songs and the other on favorite songs. Since I didn’t get a chance to write a post yesterday, and I’m looking forward to hitting the sack tonight, I have combined the two and kept my rambling to a minimum.
I will not be working this weekend. I plan to be on the water at the Super Demo Day at Appomattox River Company. My wife and youngest son both need new kayaks, and I may test paddle a few myself. As much as music, the water has the power to set one’s mind back on the right path.
Y’all have a good weekend!