A Night of Music and Being Green

A wonderful night at the symphony listening to the great Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.  The amount of talent, history and emotion behind jazz music is just amazing!  Wynton is truly a legend of our time, and what he and those like him are doing to keep jazz thriving is impressive. I am so grateful that this genre is being preserved and grown for the future.

One surprise – the most beautiful arrangement of Kermit’s famous It’s Not Easy Being Green struck my heart.  After all these years, I finally listened to the lyrics with an adult’s understanding and the song just blows me away.

It’s not that easy being green;
Having to spend each day the color of the leaves.
When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold-
or something much more colorful like that.

It’s not easy being green.
It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things.
And people tend to pass you over ’cause you’re not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water-
or stars in the sky.

But green’s the color of Spring.
And green can be cool and friendly-like.
And green can be big like an ocean, or important like a mountain, or tall like a tree.

When green is all there is to be
It could make you wonder why, but why wonder? Why Wonder, I am green and it’ll do fine, it’s beautiful!
And I think it’s what I want to be.

 

It isn’t easy being who we are sometimes.  Wouldn’t it be exciting to be something seemingly more exciting and flashy?  But when then we think about who we are – the strength and “specialness” we all have – and suddenly, maybe it isn’t so bad just being who we are.  We can’t change it (not really), and we are actually pretty cool.  So it’s good to be who we are after all!

Kermit is always right isn’t he?

 

Until later!

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