In third grade, my dad had me bring this song, Shed a Little Light, to school with me to play to my class on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. My not especially nice teacher (I’m feeling charitable today) amazingly let me play it. Then acted unimpressed and impatient. And I guess most of the kids sort of followed suit. I felt disappointed and a little silly.
Perhaps third grade is a bit too early to really appreciate James Taylor.
It’s one of his cheesier songs, maybe, but there’s something really golden about his voice. And today, with all of the crazies out there shooting people, with politics getting more brutal and more nasty and more dishonest all of the time, it’s nice to take a step back. Remember that
there are ties between us
all men and women
living on the earth
ties of hope and love
sister and brotherhood
that we are bound together
in our desire to see the world become
a place in which our children can grow free and strong.
Maybe there isn’t total harmony out there. But we can have a little harmony in our music and maybe even in our lives. So let us turn our thoughts today to Martin Luther King, with a little help from JT.