Metaphorical sunshine re-framed…

The sunshine and lovely temperatures today have me humming a old classic from my youth by The 5th Dimension – Let the Sunshine In.  I always knew the song as it was  coupled with Aquarius as a medley.  Aquarius was a much more ethereal piece that heralded the changing times.  An upbeat segue from Aquarius leads to Let the Sunshine In.  The song, in its entirety, was an anthem for the change and revolution of the 60s and enduring angst that led us into the 70s (catch the song on YouTube).  The medley was actually grabbed from the iconic play Hair which first ran off-Broadway in 1967.

I remember this song well as it was on one of the first albums I owned.  I played it over and over and over again.  The song, recorded in 1969, was a symbol of all the peace, love, happiness, and change that came with the hippie and anti-war movement.  Being a fairly sheltered and naive pre-teen, this song was about as close as I got to the societal movement The 5th Dimension song referred to.

The song’s lyrics reference astrological concepts and the dawning of a new age that will change mankind (the Age of Aquarius). I am not an astrology buff, but as I understand it from Wikipedia (take it for it is worth) -  “Aquarius is associated with electricity, computers, flight, democracy, freedom, humanitarianism, idealism, modernization, astrology, nervous disorders, rebellion, nonconformity, philanthropy, veracity, perseverance, humanity, and irresolution.

Okay, The 5th Dimension was probably right about the Aquarius part.  Seeing as these astrological ages span 2, 150 years on average, I would be inclined to agree that we are in the Aquarius mix now.  I am not sure if their song is correct in that they actually caught the “dawning of the age” – I can see the industrial revolution as part of this age.  But why quibble over a couple of hundred years in the frame of 2,150?  Whether the dawn or 8 AM of Aquarius, the song’s lyrics captured the sentiment of change.

Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In  (1969)

When the moon is in the seventh house
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
And peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars
This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius
Age of Aquarius

Aquarius, Aquarius

Harmony and understanding, sympathy and trust abounding
No more false hoods or derisions, golden living dreams of visions
Mystic crystal revelations, and the mind’s true liberations

Aquarius, Aquarius

When the moon is in the seventh house
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
And peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars
This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius
Age of Aquarius

Aquarius, Aquarius
Aquarius, Aquarius

Let the sunshine, let the sunshine in
The sunshine in
Let the sunshine, let the sunshine in
The sunshine in
Let the sunshine, let the sunshine in
The sunshine in
Let the sunshine, let the sunshine in
The sunshine in

Let the sunshine, let the sunshine in
The sunshine in
Let the sunshine, let the sunshine in
The sunshine in
Let the sunshine, let the sunshine in
The sunshine in
Let the sunshine, let the sunshine in
The sunshine in

Let the sunshine, let the sunshine in
The sunshine in
Let the sunshine, let the sunshine in
The sunshine in
Let the sunshine, let the sunshine in
The sunshine in
Let the sunshine

This brings me back to where I started – humming this song.  I am on a constant loop of the Let the Sunshine In portion of the song.  I am not sure if I am using it as it was intended. I believe the song references metaphorical sunshine – that the sunshine referenced is intended to be representative of the love, peace, happiness, and change that came in during the 60s.  That is okay.  I can make the argument that I am humming about the advent of love, peace, happiness, and change at least as it relates to real sunshine and weather.  Aquarius may have dawned, but this year’s spring has not.  I am heralding it and all the things that come with it.  There you have it – metaphorical sunshine re-framed. ;-)

Day one thousand three hundred and sixty-one of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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2 Responses to Metaphorical sunshine re-framed…

  1. tim haering says:

    yes, metaphorical sunshine. But 5th Dimension were not heavies, not even in a “Stone Soul Picnic” way like Marvin Gaye [Mama, mama, we don’t need to escalate, war is not the answer, only love can conquer hate] or the Temps [Ball of confusion, that’s what the world is today, hey hey!] or even David Bowie [Fame, makes a man take things over, Fame, lets him loose, hard to swallow, Fame, puts you there where things are hollow].

    The Cinco Dimensiones did not write the song, only covered it. It is from the hippie musical “Hair,” libretto by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, music by Galt MacDermot [tribute again to WIkipedia].

    In 1969, I was listening to Cream, Hendrix, initiating into Sabbath and Zep. But I too was too young to be a real hippie. Anyhow, the Beatles have the superior sunshine song, especially for you in North Dakota and my friends in Minneapolis and Milwaukee:

    Little darlin, I feel the ice is slowly melting,
    little darlin, it seems like years since it’s been clear
    here comes the sun, here comes the sun,
    and I say, it’s alright.

    Real and metaphysical.

    And don’t forget “Good Day Sunshine”:

    I need to laugh and when the sun is out
    I’ve got something I can laugh about
    I feel good in a special way
    I’m in love and it’s a sunny day

    YOU’d think the people would have had enough of silly love songs … wouldn’t ya?

  2. tim haering says:

    Oh, man, I forgot to mention your internal loop. I loop songs all the time, especially when I am running or walking my doggies. A 3 minute song can run 45 minutes.

    Oh, and who did the Modigliani pastiche of you for your column logo? Substantial talent like that needs to be encouraged.

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