Enjoy this clip from SITA SINGS THE BLUES which features the music of popular 20s jazz vocalist Annette Hanshaw.
Troubled times are here. Has it ever been otherwise? Your household may be joyous today, while a neighbor down the street may be experiencing a sad time. You may be suffering a job loss or bad health while a college kid across town looks forward to a new job waiting for him after his impending graduation or a young family celebrates the successful birth of a healthy new baby. The world is full of ups and downs.
As on one side of the world the sun rises on a new day full of hope, another side cringes in fear and dread at the coming of darkness. Some nations struggle with war, poverty, and hunger while other nations abound with plenitude and security. There is good and there is bad.
But is there anyone anywhere who has never experienced a smile? Don't we all have some moment of hope amidst our times of strife? Even during the most treacherous storms we can look forward to the break in the clouds, the rainbow, and beautiful blue skies. We thrive on hope or we would not be alive.
A song that I wrote many years ago contained the following verse:
Loneliness, sweet well of inspiration,
I'll drink to quench a thirst and hope for sunshine.
Difficult times of trouble, sadness, and uncertainty have often been the times when I have been at my creative peaks. Songs and poetry fill my mind and spill onto the paper laid out before me. My imagination churns out stories and my thoughts become rich with ideas. I can become complacent with happy times as I settle back and enjoy the ride. But in the sad times an inner energy swirls and stirs me into a productive mode as I attempt to recharge myself. Troubled times are not something that I want, but they are times that I can use in a positive way.
Do you allow troubled times to drag you down? Have you used your difficulties for inspiration? Are dark clouds headed your way or do you sense that a rainbow is about to break through to brighten your day?