I am certain that Helen Keller had to struggle much more in her life than I have had to in mine, but I think that life is what you make of it, so depending on your attitude, your life can be tranquil, or difficult. I have never had any of the mental issues that plague a lot of people today and maybe that is because I came from what I consider to be a good family. Divorce can be tough on kids and my parents stayed together from the day that they met. My life is far from being perfect and I believe that there is some truth to the saying that whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. If you have everything handed to you on a silver plate, it is hard to appreciate anything in life.
George and his brother Ira Gershwin along with Heyward Du Bose wrote this classic ‘Summertime’ for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. What I like best about this song, is that it allows the listener to find their own message in the lyrics. To me, this song is about life and you have to take the good parts as well as the bad, as you just can’t have it one way. There will always be ups and downs and you may not be ready for them as they will creep up on you when you least expect them. For instance, “Summertime and the livin’ is easy, Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high, Oh, your daddy’s rich and your ma is good lookin’, So hush, little baby, don’t you cry”, could be the story of my life, as I try to roll with the punches.
Written for Sadje’s Sunday Poser which asks, “Looking back, do you think you’ve had an easy life or was it hard?”