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Thursday, June 16, 2022

An Antidote for Malaise

Diagnosis: Garden variety malaise, aka the blues. NOT the clinical strain that perpetually plagues some unfortunate people but the passing type of dip nearly all of us experience at least a few times in life. 

Prescription:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3yCcXgbKrE 

Listen carefully to the affirming lyric and joy-filled performance directly above. Repeat as necessary.

Prognosis: Excellent. If you're able to resist this elegantly simple lyric and unimprovable performance i.e. your malaise doesn't lift a bit - at least temporarily - I'll refund your money. But wait; you didn't pay me, did you?

To this secular humanist, the world was blessed with a sacred hymn when composers Bob Thiele and George David Weiss created this jewel. And Louis Armstrong - a national treasure with few equals - delivered a performance that acts as an antidote for malaise to anyone open to the healing power of music.            


  1. Pat. I’ve heard this song many, many times but I just really listened to it for the first time. It is special
    Bob G

    1. Bob; You made my day with this comment. I'm so glad you took the time to "really" listen this time. Only thing missing: Louie taking a trumpet solo.

  2. Good morning, Pat. Not much to add to this post. Once you listen to this 'jewel', as you have so aptly called it, all I want to do is listen to it again and find other jewels in, not only Mr. Armstrongs catalogue, but other artists of that day. I have to give thanks to my parents for having this music playing often enough as I was growing up to install a love and respect for all that it has to offer. I was able to hold onto quite a few of their records after their passing. And they remain some of the most treasured of my vinyl collection. Thanks for the post, and the song. How can it not make one smile ...
    Be well,

    1. Bob; Thanks for the comment and your unwavering support of my blog. If Louis or I brought a smile to your day, all is well.

    2. Looking back over my comment
      (I do that sometimes - lol) I need to correct something … ‘instill’. Spell check doesn’t do what grammar check does. Have a good night.