From the Musical South Pacific
The world has changed a lot since that day in late July in the early sixties when my younger sister had a Hawaiian party for her birthday. We wore hula skirts made out of pink tissue paper and piled into the station wagon to all see “South Pacific” which was making a second run at the town’s only theater.
Check out at least the beginning of this video showing a Polynesian woman trying to get an American soldier in WWII to fall in love with her daughter.
It’s over fifty years later. Yes, movies have clearly come a long way. Yes, the concept behind the scene could be considered offensive. And the message of the song itself?
You’ve got to have a dream. If you don’t have a dream? How you gonna have a dream come true?
Yeah. Still right on the mark. Thank you Rogers and Hammerstein
After writing about peace songs on my other blog, it occurred to me to wonder what were the best songs ever written about joy. I am rather joyful tonight. And music, being such a shared activity, is a wonderful way to communicate happiness. Luckily, a website called Songfacts provides a handy list of songs about happiness. Check it out here.
Turns out that after I went over their list and narrowed it down to my own top five, I had to add in one of my own. So, this is the list of my top six personal favorite happy songs:
Dancing in the Street – Martha & the Vandellas
Dog Days Are Over – Florence + the Machine
Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
Joy To The World – Three Dog Night
Ode To Joy – Ludwig Van Beethoven
What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
This list is a little more eclectic than my favorite peace songs, although I hope to seek out a few more and produce a personal top ten that is a little more contemporary. I’m also very happy to “take nominations from the floor” for the best song of joy ever. Got a favorite to nominate?