Three Little Birds’ Buoyant Words (Vid of the Day)

While auditioning YouTube clips, several days ago, [1] I gave a listen to Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds, [2] considered whether or not his message soared sufficiently to rally you and me through the pandemic and [3] opted to temporarily “ground” my posting plans to further mull over his message.

Well, just yesterday, while tuned in to NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday broadcast, lo and behold, host Lulu Garcia-Navarro presented her feature… A Song To Help Cope With The Coronavirus Pandemic… where she played segments from this very song, while interviewing Dr. Lisa Davenport, a Pembroke Pines, Florida clinical psychologist, who first expressed some of my own similar misgivings… and then promptly proved them baseless. Said she…

“‘Three Little Birds’ by Bob Marley and the Wailers has been with me since I was a young child. And it’s always been a song that I’ve gone to to sort of quiet my mind, quiet my spirit, give me a sense of relief, a sense of hope in – at times when maybe that hope – it escapes us.”

“It might sound a little too simple and even a little bit too cold or even insensitive to say that there is hope, there is a clearing that we are going to be OK, we’re going to be all right. But I think that if we don’t believe that, then the alternative is to feel despair and to feel hopelessness. And that’s not who we are as a human race, as a planet, as our history. Our history tells us that we’re going to be all right, just like that song.” (hear full interview)

My gratitude to Dr. Davenport for her free counseling session, which helped me see the human condition more clearly / positively.

My appreciation, heavenward, to spiritual guide Bob Marley… and apology, too… for having ever doubted his lyrical truths for even a nanosecond.

So, how would you weigh in on this discussion? Does Three Little Birds’ message fly high enough for you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hoping for better days ahead… (Vid of the Day)

A fun fact to get this blog rolling…

So far, over at YouTube (ever since Jun 13, 2012), 8,463,481 people have viewed our Vid of the Day’s content. It’s reasonably safe to say that a special song, such as this, has elevated the mood of a goodly number of them. How so? Glad you asked…

Composer Johnny Nash’s hit song, I Can See Clearly Now, is lavish with positive lyrical vibes and an upbeat reggae rhythm to match. Combined, this all conspires, in the best possible way, to engender our feelings of hope for the “Bright, Bright Sunshiny Day”, which he promises us.

Granted… that first glorious day may not be today… but if we harbor Nash’s good thoughts in our heads, hearts and souls… if we do all that we must do to weather the storm… then society’s return to wellness will arrive sometime soon.

I am not alone in expressing such a hopeful sentiment. Check out the following YouTube testimonial / comment posted… a scant 2 days ago… by Jorge Mario Rodas…

“Good song to hear now I am in quarantine because of the Covid19.
The sun shall shine again and the crisis shall be over in time.”

Naturally, our weathering this storm can happen much sooner if we take to heart these common sense precautions…

[1] Practice good hygiene (scrub hands often at least 20 seconds), [2] Cover our coughs and sneezes, [3] Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, [4] Social distancing (remain 2 meters / 6 feet apart [5] avoid large crowds or (ideally) just stay at home and [6] if ill, self quarantine.

To all who are visiting here, this day, play it safe and do stay well.

At this juncture, I cannot help but feel the urge to direct my shouts of, “Encore! Encore! Encore!” towards our spiritual leader, Mr. Nash. If you’re feeling similarly, check out his appearance upon the Midnight Special stage…

 

 

 

 

 

Bob Marley & The Wailers Pay Us A Sunday Morning Visit

 

The 4-1-1

Program: Sunday Song Series
Installment: Week #51
Recording Artists: Bob Marley & The Wailers
Selection Title: Sunday Morning
Original Release Year: 1966
Genre: Reggae
Impressive Discography: Click Here
Historical Account: Click Here
Trivia: This is this Series’ 10th Sunday a.m. song title
My Recommendation: Mellow Out

Acknowledgment: My gratitude and props to audio engineer Tom
Moulton for his soncially dynamic, stereo remix and videographer
and researcher Steven Bogarat for his smartly edited pictorial band
history. All in all… an ear pleasing and eye catching job well done!

Sunday Songs Archive: @Home Page Categories Menu “1-SundaySongSeries”
Parting Words: You’re invited back for our next Sunday Song… 7 days from now…

 

 

No Doubt it’s a Sonic Soap Opera (Sunday Song Series)

Welcome to 2019’s first Sunday and week #17 of our Sunday Song Series… where we’ll be giving a listen to yet another track titled Sunday Morning… i.e., No Doubt’s ska punk / reggae rock influenced composition from Tragic Kingdom (their 3rd studio album released in late 1995).

Lyrically… song co-composers Gwen Stefani, (big brother) Eric Stefani and even Tony Kanal provide their insights into her romance / break-up with bandmate Kanal.

Visually… there’s the symbolism of injury / pain / tensions which culminate in a… well… if you haven’t viewed the vid yet… I won’t spoil the ending.

However… it’d not be TMI to state that once we clear away the farcical elements an allegory emerges… namely… mixing play into any workplace relationship oft goes hand-in-hand with awkwardness, heartache and heartbreak.

For anyone seeking details to this stormy, sonic soap opera and related “chapters”, Click Here.

For those ISO more Sunday Songs meet me back here 7 days from now.

For folks interested in previous programs from this Series, head over to my categories section and click onto “music”.