Pop psychology – my life at 45

I turned 45 yesterday.

This for me isn’t that significant in and of itself. And, I used to love collecting singles, or 45’s as a child. I’ve spent much of my life sometimes inspired, other times soothed and frequently connected to pop music.

Growing up in Dartmouth, music offered a window to the world for me. Working as a therapist, providing counseling to people Halifax Regional Municipality, I rely on music for renewal.

So, over the next 45 weeks, I’ll put up a post a week with a pop song that I connect to. One song for every year that I have been alive. A song that was popular at that time.

So, for the first year of my life, I’ll start here. Johnny Nash’s I Can See Clearly Now.

The week that I was born, this song was number 1 on the Billboard Top 40. What a great song to have at #1 the week of my birth. As a therapist, I strive for such clarity, such joy. I mean LOOK AT JOHNNY! what joy! what bliss. And at the same time still images from the video capture eyes that know pain, suffering, and ‘dark clouds that had me blind’.

Holy Shit this song is an inspiration. The man is a clown in all the best senses of the word. He has the clarity of innocence with the knowledge of pain that experiencing life brings. He has obstacles. He can just “See all obstacles in my way”. He knows the difference between the polarities of the ‘dark clouds that had me blind’ and a ‘bright sunshiney day.

I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash

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)
Sun-Shiny day.
I think I can make it now, the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is the rainbow I’ve been prayin’ for
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.
Look all around, there’s nothin’ but blue skies
Look straight ahead, nothin’ but blue skies
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)
Sun-Shiny day.

Bonus song:

I love the Temptations. Here is one of my favorites by them that was big the week I was born. The video rocks with an amazing montage of early 70’s fashion. They were truly living #thespicylife

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