My friends, this is happy music. “Good Vibrations” was a hit in 1966 composed and produced by Brian Wilson. It’s the stuff which entertained us at sock hops, cruising down Market Street on Saturday nights, picnicking at the beach. THE BEACH BOYS popularized a genre of music which did not focus on the Vietnam War, protests, and street violence. Their toe-tapping sounds gave way to the soul’s underside with the advance of THE ANIMALS, ROLLING STONES, BOB DYLAN, JANIS JOPLIN, JIMI HENDRIX, DOORS carrying us to darker spaces.
A blogger, unless blogging for profit, tends to trek through hills and valleys of creativity. Some days simply do not inspire anything worth writing. It could be laziness, but the truth of the matter is that quite often the weight of the world is overwhelming. Wearied to the core by social, political, and religious upheavals continually bombarding all the media screens and soul’s conscience, there are times when retreat is necessary.
For many Vietnam War era men and women, the protest days are over. Instead, there’s a place to go where the eagles fly high, the rivers run deep, the grass is lush. In that place it is peaceful and kind, no violence nor intolerance. Whenever solace and rest are needed, this internal heaven can be right here and right now or it can be a million miles away. Joyfully, in that space the good vibrations of the soul embrace a higher calling.