“Telling other folks what to do is a bad bidnis,” said Flannery O’Connor.
So I hope my readers will excuse my lapse into advice-giving. Follow these simple steps to be happier.
1. Click on the link (or the video) below.
2. Observe closely. Notice any changes in your facial musculature. It is possible that your limbs may wish to move rhythmically. This is to be expected. Do not be alarmed. Do not seek medical assistance. (This is a natural part of the process of JOY.)
3. “If that don’t get it, then forget it for now,” sang Jack Teagarden.
I will let the music speak for itself — and it does! Sweetly, hilariously, with plenty rhythm.
P.S. My need to repost this video performance is because it always makes me happy, and I note that (as I write this) only sixty-one people in the whole YouTube universe have watched it so far — a number of those viewings being mine.
If I had a natural joy-enhancer in my possession and I didn’t give it to any and everyone, what kind of spiritual miser would I be?
So I urge you all to move the setting to “full screen,” and dig it. If it doesn’t elate, illumine, and uplift, I’m sorry — I tried.
But YOUNG AND HEALTHY is one of the best free, locally sourced, organic, no-side-effects cures for temporary relief of anhedonia known.
And for the record, this magic took place at the 2011 Jazz Bash by the Bay in Monterey, California (blessings on Sue Kroninger!) and the transformative alchemists and wizards up there on the stage are John and Ralf Reynolds, Katie Cavera, Dan Barrett, Jeff Barnhart, Marc Caparone, and Bryan Shaw — summoning up Bing Crosby, Eddie Lang, Putney Dandridge, Fats Waller, the Chocolate Dandies, and more. I wish them all the joy they bring to us, tenfold.