Tuesday, July 4, 2017

a great amount of joy








In a 1960 interview with The Paris Review, American poet Marianne Moore:


---------- As George Grosz said, at that last meeting he attended at the National Institute, "How did I come to be an artist?  Endless curiosity, observation, research -- and a great amount of joy in the thing."  It was a matter of taking a liking to things.  Things that were in accordance with your taste....
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At the moment I read that, I was listening to Jimmy Cliff's Ultimate Collection on the CD-player and this song was on, and I thought, "This is 'in accordance with' my taste, Yay!"





I can see clearly now, the rain is gone.


I can see all obstacles in my way.


Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind.


It's gonna be a bright (bright)
bright (bright) sunshiny day.


It's gonna be a bright (bright)
bright (bright) sunshiny day.




Oh yes I can make it now, the pain is gone.
All of the bad feelings have disappeared.
Here is that rainbow I've been praying for.
It's gonna be a bright (bright)
bright (bright) sunshiny day.




(ooh...)  Look all around, there's nothing but blue skies.
Look straight ahead, there's nothing but blue skies.




I can see clearly now, the rain is gone.
I can see all obstacles in my way.
Here is that rainbow I've been praying for.
It's gonna be a bright (bright)
bright (bright) sunshiny day.


It's gonna be a bright (bright)
bright (bright)sunshiny day.
Rah ra-yeah -- bright (bright)
bright (bright) sunshiny day.
Yeah, hey, it's gonna be a bright (bright) bright (bright) sunshiny day.


Yeah man...





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{"I Can See Clearly Now" -- written, composed, and originally recorded by Johnny Nash.  1972.