Mr. Blue Sky: Day #1

Day 1: Go on a Walk

Hey there mister blue
We’re so pleased to be with you
Look around see what you do
Everybody smiles at you
Mister blue sky

— songwriter: Jeff Lynne

I have a favorite trail not far from my home that sneaks by a creek and through some trees. On some days it is packed with bikers and dog walkers, but this afternoon I encountered just a smattering of stragglers searching for the sun on this first day of February.

Five miles later that damn fabulous orb and some upbeat tunes lifted my mood. I hummed along with Barry Manilow (yes, I’m a Fanilow), skipped to Hall & Oates’ “Rich Girl,” and even danced a little as the B-52’s sang about their “Love Shack.”

Everyone needs to believe it’s a “Beautiful World,” even as it spins into oblivion. “Perhaps this is as good as it gets,” Colin Hay crooned as I breathed in the cold air. “My, my, my it’s a beautiful world.”

Someday soon I will drive back to the warm beach, sit on the sand, and my only thoughts will be when to walk down to the Pink Pony for a fruity drink, but for now my chilly walks soothe and remind me to enjoy these simple moments, and to crank the volume when I get back in the car so I can harmonize with Prince as he screams, “Let’s go crazy!”

Are we gonna let the elevator bring us down?
Oh, no let’s go!
Go crazy.

— Songwriter: Prince Rogers Nelson



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