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Say goodbye to another week, as it is time for the weekend open thread, where the topics are your choice!

Continuing my theme of the summer of one-hit wonders, I offer a song from a 10-time Grammy winner, yet he only has one hit: Bobby McFerrin. Of course, the song is Don’t Worry, Be Happy, which was written by McFerrin, based on a poster:

The Indian mystic and sage Meher Baba (1894–1969) often used the expression “Don’t worry, be happy” when cabling his followers in the West. However, Meher Baba communicated variations of the sentiment; fuller versions of the quote – such as, “Do your best. Then, don’t worry; be happy in My love. I will help you” — which incorporate responsibility with detachment, as well as the master/disciple spiritual relationship. In the 1960s, the truncated version of this expression by Baba was printed up on inspiration cards and posters of the era. In 1988, McFerrin noticed a similar poster in the apartment of the jazz band Tuck & Patti in San Francisco. Inspired by the expression’s charm and simplicity, McFerrin wrote the now famous song, which was included in the soundtrack of the movie Cocktail, and became a hit single the next year. In an interview by Bruce Fessier for USA Weekend magazine in 1988 McFerrin said, “Whenever you see a poster of Meher Baba, it usually says ‘Don’t worry, be happy,’ which is a pretty neat philosophy in four words, I think.”

The video for the song surprised me, especially the cameo by Robin Williams. Note the newspaper headline early in the video:

A good song for a bear market.

Speaking of the movie Cocktail, it is actually a not-too-bad romantic film. If you have to watch a chick flick, you could do much worse. The Cocktail soundtrack also featured the last number 1 hit by the Beach Boys, Kokomo:

(Yes, that was actor John Stamos playing the drums in the video.)

That is it for me this week. Enjoy your weekend, and try not to worry!

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Posted August 8, 2014 by edmcgon in Music, Open Thread

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