Monday Smiles – 7/6/2015
I have a busy day ahead of me, at least I think I do. I know I have a phone interview in about an hour with a potential client for my services as an expert in sonar and there is some work that needs to be done on my company’s sole project. My office is a mess and often what is going on in my brain reflects the clutter in my office. Today, I clean up the latter and make some progress on the former. I have written my Morning Pages, prayed a bit and read from the four daily readers I use each morning (not quite daily, however). I am doing what I like to refer to as getting back on the rails, Older Eyes code for getting back to a disciplined life. Not one of my strong suits. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve gone off the rails, I could give away my IRAs. The point is, I don’t think I have the time this morning to be very creative with Monday Smiles, so instead, I’ll offer something that made me smile this weekend.
Some years ago, Muri and I went to see a Gladys Knight concert. This wasn’t ancient history when she was going around with the Pips. She was appearing solo, though, as I recall, she brought one Pip along. There are a number of Gladys Knight songs I liked and You’re the Best Thing is a favorite, but I had no idea what an amazing performer she was. Over the weekend while I was hunting for old favorites on YouTube, I found this video of Gladys and the Pips doing Neither One of Us on the old TV program, Soul Train.
The video got me wondering if there was a newer version from her solo years and I found this one, recorded at a BET gala in which she not only does Neither One of Us but If I Were Your Woman and Midnight Train to Georgia as well.
Some things get better with age and Gladys Knight is certainly one of them. I send this remarkable performance remarkable performance your way, hoping it will make you smile on this first Monday in July. I am.