I grew up in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s. First, let me apologize for disco. It was my generation’s fault. But overall, those two decades were music about peace, love, and understanding. While some protested against the US being in the Vietnam War, I can’t recall a song saying to go after soldiers (though some people did) or tear apart monuments and loot buildings.
Instead, our songs had words like “War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing” or Jackie DeShannon’s “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” reminded us to “Think of Your Fellow Man, Lend Him a Helping Hand.”
Those songs became anthems of our generation. Unfortunately, I don’t hear that in the music of today. I’m wondering where the passionate writers are who try to keep peace between warring sides instead of causing chaos. People like Sam Cooke who sang and wrote songs like “A Change is Gonna Come” during the Civil Rights Movement.
Will any songs of today be poignant fifty years from now?
I thought I’d share a song this week that was a hit in 1970. I heard it the other day, and it took me back in time. It also seems very appropriate for our country right now. Ray Stevens is a comedic singer whose songs usually make you laugh until you cry. This is a wonderful song about loving one another.
I hope you enjoy, and if you know the words, sing along. It’ll put a smile on your face. And who doesn’t need to smile today?
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