~ Like the ripples in a pond, the work of one man spreads out and touches the lives of others ~

From The Soul of One ~ To The Hearts Of Many
Taylor Hicks "The Distance"

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Let The Sun Shine In

It was The Age of Aquarius and "Let The Sunshine In" by
The Fifth Dimension held the number one position on the
U. S. Billboard charts for six weeks in 1969.

This song was based on the astrological belief that the world would be entering a new age of love, light and humanity.

"Let The Sunshine In" is the title of today's blog, 'cause I am thrilled to tell you that there was sunshine actually streaming in my window today!!

In my section of the country we haven't seen the the Sun in what seems like forever, and I would imagine that those that suffer from (SAD) Seasonal Affective Disorder, are going bonkers.

There are many songs that have been written about sunshine and the Sun, some happy and some sad, but the two that I want to share with you today are superb acoustical performances done by Taylor Hicks.

Just like the Sun, Taylor shines both vocally and instrumentally, I call it soulshine!

"Ain't No Sunshine" (originally written and sung by Bill Withers - 1971) and "Here Comes The Sun" (originally written and sung by George Harrison - 1969)

"Ain't No Sunshine"
video montage: by nemoesll
(Thank You!)

"Here Comes The Sun"
video capture by: Erin (elaine1154)
(Thank You!)

About "Here Comes The Sun"
With the dissolution of The Beatles in the works, they were required to spend day after day in meetings at Apple Headquarters.
When the meetings ended for the day, George was relieved to be finished, and glad to be outside, in the sun.
Having gone one day to visit his friend, Eric Clapton, while walking around his garden, basking in the sun, this song came to him, and through it, renewed optimism.

Sunshine is good medicine ...

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!


AmyH said...

There isn't much that can compare to Taylor's rendition of Ain't No Sunshine. I felt like I had never really heard the song until I heard him.

tishlp said...

Another inspiring and uplifting blog. Your blogs always make me feel so good. Taylor's performance of Ain't No Sunshine with that beautiful harp solo is daily listening for me.

I just recently finished reading Eric Clapton's autobiography and he mentioned George Harrison writing Here Comes The Sun one afternoon. It was an interesting memory. I don't have the book with me, but I think he said they were sitting or leaning against a fence and George just started playing some notes and before you knew it he had written the whole song. Things like that amaze me since I have no talent of that kind.

KarinP said...

"Sunshine" seems to bring all of us energy. Without it, even the simple problems in our lives are magnified.

Ain't No Sunshine is an incredible performance by Taylor. He sings that one from deep inside his soul and it also illustrates to me, that a world with no love, is a deep dark place to be. The harp is hauntingly beautiful.

Here's Comes the Sun is a wonderful song too! One's spirit is uplifted when the hint of sunshine is on the horizon.

Winter is difficult in the North because we don't see enough sunshine to energize us. Hopefully, we will see more and more sunny days and in the meantime, we can listen to the music which energizes our souls.

I hope there is a little ray of sunshine in everyone's life.

Bloom, once again, you really make us stop and think. Thanks for the interesting blog and the videos.

Bloom said...

Hi there Amy, good morning and welcome to my 'pond'.

When I first heard the recording of Taylor singing Ain't No Sunshine, I felt the music to the depths of my soul.

He brought the words to life, and like you, I felt I had never really 'heard' the song before.

Now it is one of my all time favorites to listen to him sing, and the harp is mesmerizing.

Good Morning tiship, I try to keep the sun always shining here at the 'pond'.

I hope that you always leave here feeling that your time has been well spent!

The harp solo in Ain't No Sunshine is hauntingly beautiful, and my heart quickens everytime I hear the opening bars.

I find it interesting to learn where creative people get their inspirations.
It's interesting too that you just recently read about where the inspiration for Here Comes The Sun came from.

I thought it amazing that a little fresh air and some sunshine was all it took for George to be moved to write Here Comes The Sun.