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Sun Song

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:: THIS SONG'S STORY ::

I did not write Sun Song. This song was written by Ari Lesser, a spoken-word artist I met at the Oregon Country Fair a few years back.

An early morning, sun was rising on a gathering of morning people just waking up, and Ari steps out to sing Sun Song to us all. There was no stage or amplification. Just a guy and his voice. It was a beautiful moment.

I approached him after the song and told him I loved the song. He gave me a CD with a bunch of his music and poetry and it had Sun Song on the disc.

His lyrics had a number of references that I was uncomfortable singing on an album for families so I rewrote some of the words. I wrote some guitar accompaniment for the song and The Harmonica Pocket has been playing this song at summer shows for a few years.

As I was getting ready to release the album Sundrops, I got in touch with Ari again to ask for his blessing on the changes and additions I made to his song.

Ari is prolific and has a bunch of albums he has released on Bandcamp: arithemc.bandcamp.com

lyrics

:: LYRICS ::

When the skies are blue and the whole world's sunny
I can laugh at things that aren't even funny
I feel so good don't want to be rude
Sunshine puts me in a happy mood

Wake up in the morning with the sun in my eyes
Still a little sleepy from the previous night
The warm daylight is a welcome surprise
Rush out the door and get into the light
The sun's so great nothing else can beat it
Open up my arms and attempt to greet it
When the sun comes out I forget my strife
And remember that it gave me the gift of life

When the skies are blue and the whole world's sunny
I can laugh at things that aren't even funny
I feel so good don't want to be rude
Sunshine puts me in a happy mood

I'm not doing much but it's lots of fun
Everything is better in the glow of the sun
All I see is sunshine for miles
And people outside wearing big old smiles
Gonna find a spot by the edge of a brook
And skip some stones or just read a book
I might lose my shoes and lose my socks
Take a dip in the water if it gets too hot

When the skies are blue and the whole world's sunny
I can laugh at things that aren't even funny
I feel so good don't want to be rude
Sunshine puts me in a happy mood

The sun is shining and ain't no chance of showers
I'm feeling like I got solar powers
I could be on the mountain, I could be on the coast
Sunny is the weather that I love the most
I love the sun when it's hot, love the sun when it snows,
Love the sun when it rains and makes rainbows
I love the sun summer, fall, winter and spring
I love the sun and all the life that it brings
I love the sun's heat, I love the sun's light
I love the sun all day and I miss it at night
There's one thing that can't be outdone
And everybody knows I'm talking bout the sun

When the skies are blue and the whole world's sunny
I can laugh at things that aren't even funny
I feel so good don't want to be rude
Sunshine puts me in a happy mood

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from Sundrops, released May 19, 2015
:: TRACK CREDITS ::

"Sun Song" Written by Ari Lesser
Keeth Monta Apgar - Guitars, Ukulele, Bass, Vocals, Harmonica, Percussion
Nala Walla - Vocal Harmony
Kevin Blackwood - Drums & Percussion
Jon Ryser - Alto Saxophone
Jason Cressey - Trombone player

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Harmonica Pocket Port Townsend, Washington

The Harmonica Pocket is all about swinging acoustic story songs sprinkled with hula hoop and dance. Their music is recorded at Apple Tree Studio -- a solar-powered recording studio on a tiny island in the Pacific Northwest. They sing about sunshine, dirty fingernails, and monsters, love Woody Guthrie and Dr. Seuss, and eat a lot of ice cream. ... more

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