Reasons To Be Cheerful, Part 3

In 1979, Ian Dury & The Blockheads released the single, Reasons To Be Cheerful, Part 3. It's a virtual list of er.... reasons to be cheerful. According to Ian Dury, the inspiration for the song came when one of his road crew was involved in a near electrocution in Italy while leaning over a mixing desk in Italy. Perhaps a moment of clarity for Dury? Maybe he was thankful that another roadie saved his friend from being electrocuted. There is a line in the actual song, "no electric shocks" which most likely pays tribute to the incident. It's good to be thankful and I usually am.

The spirit of this blog is unchartered territory but it's my first serious attempt to speak from the heart, without all the dripping practised sincerity (I hope). Sure, there's going to be a lot of reasons to be cheerful. Maybe some music appreciation apologetics, observations about art, film, TV, etc. And maybe some reasons not to be so cheerful too, like the state of the world, its ills and ailments (though I am an optomist at heart). I am not beholden to any man or corporation so I'll call things as I see them. I encourage you to do the same and think for yourself.

Here is the video of the song I mentioned. I wish they had a HD version of it on You Tube. Oh well. This will do. 

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