Tuesday, May 24, 2011

three little birds

Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.

Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933) author, educator, & clergyman

in addition to heading out on a rabbit hunt, my other major activity this weekend was attending the hessler street fair. this rite of spring has been an annual event since 1969 and is just one of the 1,001 reasons that i love living in cleveland!

here, see for yourself. we couldn't have ordered up a more perfect weekend! (don't forget you can make the slide show bigger by clicking on the 4 arrows in lower right corner)

although today is bob dylan's 70th birthday, dylan just gets a nod and a thanks on the mouse . after all, he's getting plenty of press elsewhere so really why bother! (need some bob, check out some of these tributes - here (perhaps the best and most extensive of the tributes i stumbled on - but what does one expect from a magazine that shares the name with one of bob's most famous songs!), here, and even here!

instead of dylan, i choose to have a song from another bob as today's theme song - three little birds. three birds was first released by bob marley and the wailers in 1977 on their album exodus. in 1980 the song was released as a single and quickly rose to the top of the charts. it is a reggae standard and has been covered by a wide variety of artists (including alvin and the chipmunks!). i just love the tune - it is so sweet and hopeful!

i adore marley's original version, however, this recent release from playing for change really makes my heart soar and it reminds me also of all the all the things i love about cleveland's annual hessler street fair!

if you don't know about playing for change, you are really missing out and really ought to remedy that deficiency!

photo: dancers at the drum circle @ hessler street fair, cleveland, may 2011


Watson said...

What amazing colours and interesting people, mouse! Makes me want to be there!

Alan Burnett said...

That's a wonderful Flickr slkide show of the Festival - gave me a feeling of being there. Hope you don't mind but I have added you as a friend/contact on Flickr.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

daisy - it sure would have been grand to have you and barbara there! lots of wonderful people and dogs!

alan - happy to learn that the slide show gave that feeling! i am honored to be added to your flickr list!

tony said...

Lovely Photos.The Festival Looks The Business.

Tom said...

crazy street fair...that's the bomb.