Mopaditis

Article by Rebecca
Image by Will Hobbs (www.sirwilliamwesley.com)

What happens to us when we die is, in my opinion, one of those questions that we can never truly answer. There’s only one way to get your answer, and trust me, it’s a killer. (Insert rim shot here.) The way people have answered this question has influenced religion, philosophy, and entire cultures. It explains the fascination with the study of the paranormal; it defines the Spiritualist faith. What happens to us after we die is a multimillion-dollar industry, and an intimate puzzle for each human to solve for themselves. There’s the potential for ghosts, poltergeists, spirits, angels, and more. For the Aborigines, there are the mopaditis.

These are the spirits of the dead. They are incorporeal and invisible in daylight. Mopaditis are white in the light of the moon and black in the dark. It is said they still look just like a human, but given their visual temperament, I think it would be hard to say if you actually saw one. A human who encounters a mopaditis will at best experience clammy hands and their hair standing on end, at worst paralysis.

There is a connection between the mopaditis and black cockatoos. A flock of black cockatoos escorts the mopaditis back to its birthplace, all the while crying out, to announce the spirit’s arrival.

Not being from Australia, let alone one of their Aboriginal people, I cannot tell you more, I don’t know it to tell. And the more I think about it, good. The mopaditis are their answer to the question, not mine.

My Daily Affirmation

My rep at U.S. Games Systems recently sent me a care package of goodies to look over, and one assumes to write about. She included a box of Daily Affirmations, “just for fun.”

What arrived is a fun and attractive oval box labeled “Daily Affirmations”. Inside there are 365 oval cards with quotes gathered from poets, philosophers, statesmen, celebrities and spiritual leaders, as well as common wisdom. Every morning since the box’s arrival I’ve had my husband and I draw a card to read. By now, my husband cringes as he hears the distinctive sound of me shaking the box so we can randomly select cards. (Helpful tip, 5:30 A.M. is maybe not the best time to receive an affirmation.)

With the holiday season in mind, these seem like they’re designed for all-purpose gift giving. And if affirmations aren’t your thing, U.S. Games has “Daily Quips” (which includes proverbs from around the world, and classic quotes from Lucille Ball, George Burns, George Carlin, Mark Twain, Lily Tomlin, and many others) and “Daily Strategies” (which provide 365 cards to inspire leadership and motivate successful thinking). See what I mean, really something for everyone.

In closing I want to say “Making the best of ourselves is the reason we were born, but it requires patience and perseverance,” which is attributed to Sarah Ban Breathnach, and more importantly, is my affirmation for today.

Meet John Brain

I thought this little treat would be appropriate given the rapidly approaching Presidential elections here in the United States.

What I’m talking about starts at 1:34, “Meet John Brain”. The whole thing is just over 9 minutes.

It takes time and consideration to burrow through the nightly news broadcasts, the internet blogger sound bites, and the campaign’s own spin. Remember that ultimately it’s you, alone in that voting booth, casting your vote. Try to vote based on the issues you care about, and not by what has been on the cover of national magazines. I know, it’s hard!

The big two are Barack Obama for the Democratic Party and John McCain for the Republican Party.

But, don’t forget, although we make it harder than heck to get on the ballot if you’re not from one of those parties, there are in fact other parties who generally have someone up for President as well. The Libertarians are running Bob Barr, the Constitutional Party has Chuck Baldwin, Cynthia McKinney is representing the Green Party, and of course, you can’t forget Ralph Nader.

Don’t vote for the lab rat! Or maybe do, the Brain might be your kind of leader. Take a little time to learn about who wants to become our President!

By the way, the Animaniacs are out in DVD box sets. They’re totally worth the investment!

10 Questions with a Humanist

Rebecca interviews Fred Edwords

1. The American Humanist Association’s basic definition of Humanism reads: “Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.” Is this how you personally define Humanism as well?
Since I helped write that, yes. But I could add another definition that I also had a hand in: “Humanists—motivated by compassion, inspired by imagination, guided by reason, and informed by experience—strive toward a world of mutual care and concern.” In sum, we’re people committed to being good without God.

2. How does Humanism differ from Atheism or Agnosticism?
Well, once people arrive at a conclusion that ideas such as God, gods, or the supernatural are false, don’t make sense, or aren’t productive of growth and understanding, they sometimes ask themselves, “Now what?” And that’s where Humanism comes in. Humanism takes people to the next level. It allows them to move beyond mere negation to a positive affirmation of life.

As the late Corliss Lamont, author of The Philosophy of Humanism, put it; Humanism says “Yes” to life. That means Humanism offers a set of worldly, human-based values that allow one to endure adversity, find personal meaning, reach out to others, and discover the excitement of exploring what’s really out there.

And what do Humanists say really is out there? The natural world, humanity, relationships, the arts, and so much else. For example, the universe as discoverable by science is so fascinating in all its variety and complexity that there’s more than enough to keep whole populations entranced for generations upon generations. No need to expend time on the supernatural or paranormal when the natural offers mysteries aplenty! You can add to this the study of people, including the ways they think and feel, the vast collection of things they have made (which includes even religions and mythologies), and the wide range of human stories that we find in history, biography, and fiction. I could go on. We’ll never run out of things to learn and do, think about and feel, care about and act upon. Hence we’re content to explore “one world at a time.”

3. Do Humanists interact with, or ever work with, religious communities?
Yes. This happens in two ways: individually and collectively.

Individual Humanists, like billionaire Ted Turner, are working with religious institutions that have effective programs in place to bring aid to the suffering (without making religious preaching a centerpiece of such humanitarian help). Other Humanists, like scientist Edward O. Wilson, are working with Evangelical Christians to help raise environmental awareness, stop global warming, protect endangered species, and save the Earth.

Humanist organizations, such as the American Humanist Association, regularly work with religious organizations for common cause in promoting civil liberties, separation of church and state, abortion rights, gay rights, peace, social justice, and so on. We respect the fact that, while Humanists have a lot of innovative ideas and progressive moral sympathies, traditional religions tend to have the people power—at least here in the United States and many other countries.

4. What are some of the goals of the Humanist community?
Our primary mission is to share Humanist ideas with the world, apply Humanism to the critical issues of our time, and defend the liberties of Humanists. We see our philosophy as offering a clearer way to understand the world, a more effective approach to solving the world’s problems, and an attitude that promotes peace and a widening circle of inclusiveness. But because there has been a longstanding prejudice against our nonreligious, skeptical, rational, and empirical approach to knowledge, some Humanists have suffered discrimination and unfair treatment. So we speak up for our own and even offer legal help when necessary.

5. What is the biggest misconception, if any, about Humanism?
There is an assumption that rationality, which plays a central role in Humanism, makes one cold, unfeeling, and unimaginative. But rationality actually liberates people from a number of harmful ideas that can block the free expression of their personalities and the blossoming of their moral potential. The late Humanist psychologist Albert Ellis demonstrated this so effectively in his various books—including such classics as Sex Without Guilt and A Guide to Rational Living—which continue to enjoy a wide readership after decades. (He subsequently wrote updated versions which can be found on the Web site of the Albert Ellis Institute at www.albertellisinstitute.org .)

6. Who are some of your favorite Humanists, and why?
There are so many because they have been active in such a wide range of fields. When it comes to taking courageous stands for liberation, I think of suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, family planning pioneer Margaret Sanger, civil rights leader A. Philip Randolph, and Russian dissident Andrei Sakharov. When it comes to scientific innovation I think of Julian Huxley, Linus Pauling, Stephen Jay Gould, Steven Pinker, and Carolyn Porco. I’m energized by the astuteness of social critics like Barbara Ehrenreich and Wendy Kaminer. And I’m amazed by the imagination of an inventor like Buckminster Fuller or a fantasy novelist like Philip Pullman. All of these people are or were part of the organized Humanist community in some way. But stepping beyond such individuals there are those who have proclaimed their Humanism independent of the movement, such as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, whose hands-on humanitarian work has been an inspiration.

7. Asimov, Vonnegut, and Farmer?
I knew all three. Isaac Asimov was just fun to talk to. He had a great sense of humor and was an incomparable storehouse of knowledge. More than just a science fiction writer, he was rightly called “the great explainer of our age” by Bill Moyers. Kurt Vonnegut was funny in his own self-deprecating but plain-speaking way. He liked to hang out with ordinary people and say just what he thought, doing so with a Mark Twain style of wit that is rarely seen. James Farmer, who I met only once but also corresponded with, was a vigorous and untiring activist for civil rights. Yet he wasn’t the type to make people feel under attack when answering their questions. His approach was understanding because he could see the perspective of white people who were struggling to “get it.” And he wanted to help them succeed. Yet in other situations he could put his life on the line for the rights of African Americans. All of this was why, without an advanced university degree, he was able to teach at universities.

8. That leads me to ask, as a sci-fi geek myself, why do you think science fiction writers are so drawn to Humanism?
Because Humanism celebrates thinking outside the box. Just by the fact that Humanists are willing to step outside of traditional religion, and even go against the grain to the point where they arrive at the idea of a godless, natural universe, shows that they are people who are willing to question the status quo, rethink the culture, and then imagine a different future. Lots of science fiction and fantasy writers are or have been Humanists or the equivalent: Mary Shelley, H.G. Wells, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert A. Heinlein, Gene Roddenberry, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ursula Le Guin, just to name a few more.

9. How would you suggest someone learn more about Humanism?
The American Humanist Association website at www.americanhumanist.org was deliberately made rich in information so that people everywhere could not only find other Humanists or find what Humanists are doing but could explore the philosophy deeply. On that Web site we have blog posts, news reports, articles, philosophical essays, and entire books free for downloading or reading online. And nobody has to sign in, sign on, or pay for anything to access this material. Also, there are no annoying ads or pop-ups. It’s simply a free and open resource. Yes, you can also sign onto statements, purchase books, register for conferences, or join the organization. But that’s up to you. There’s no pressure.

10. Parting shot! Ask us here at The Magical Buffet any one question.
What would have to happen, or what evidence would you need to see, to make you change your mind about something you now dearly believe to be true?

I can see several ways that could happen. Generally, personal experience is what changes my mind. I hear something is true, and then I experience it first hand and decide for myself. Of course, despite what some people may think, rational, logical arguments do in fact change my mind. Ever see the show “Penn & Teller’s Bullshit”? I sometimes I think all it takes is for Penn Jillette to tell me something.


About Fred Edwords:A leading voice for Humanism in the United States and abroad, Fred Edwords is recognized as an outstanding lecturer, debater, and inspirational speaker on human rights, Humanist philosophical issues, and Humanist lifestyle concerns. He has appeared on national and local television in the United States and Canada, has been interviewed on radio and for newspapers around the world, and has lectured in North America, Europe, and India. He has also written for several publications in the United States and elsewhere.

Fred Edwords began his Humanist activism in 1977 as vice president of the Humanist Association of San Diego. He became president the next year, expanded his reach as American Humanist Association West Coast regional coordinator in 1979, and became national administrator for the organization in 1980. He then served for fifteen years as AHA executive director (1984-1999) and twelve years as editor of the Humanist magazine (1994-2006). Edwords now focuses his attention on bringing Humanism to a wider public in his capacity as AHA director of communications.

Fred Edwords is also seen as a leader in the broader community of reason. He was the first president (2002-2005) of Camp Quest, Inc., a summer camp for freethinking children, and served in various leadership roles on the staff of the Ohio camp from 1998 to 2008. He has also served on the boards of the International Humanist and Ethical Union and the National Center for Science Education, served as vice president of the North American Committee for Humanism, and been a member of the adjunct faculty of the Humanist Institute. In 1980 he was the founding editor of the Creation/Evolution journal-the only publication dedicated to answering the pseudoscientific, philosophical, educational, and legal arguments of creationists-serving as its editor for eleven years. For such work Edwords was recognized in the mid-1980s as Rationalist of the Year by the American Rationalist Federation and as a Humanist Pioneer by the American Humanist Association. He continues as an advisor for the Secular Student Alliance and a Humanist Celebrant in the Humanist Society.

He is also the director of planned giving for the American Humanist Association.

Ancient Feminine Wisdom of Goddesses and Heroines Divination Deck

I’ve always had a good relationship with U.S. Games, one of the go to places for tarot decks, but I just got a new contact there and she sent me a box of goodies to go through and I plan to steadily share it all with The Magical Buffet’s readers!

First up, Ancient Feminine Wisdom of Goddesses and Heroines Divination Deck by Kay Steventon and Brian Clark. This isn’t a traditional tarot deck, hence it being called divination deck.

This is a 78-card deck that’s a veritable who’s who of Greek mythology. I’m not going to lie, I had to bust out my “Bullfinch’s Mythology” for some of the ladies depicted. The deck also comes with an instruction booklet and a spread sheet to help you use the deck for divinatory readings. I could imagine someone using it as a daily quickie reading, much the way you’re encouraged to use the I Ching. Every morning wake up, shuffle, and draw a card to see some portents of what’s to come in your day. Thanks to the attractive art, I also could easily see a Game Master using this deck as a prop for any role-playing games that deals with ancient Greek mythology.

All you Goddess worshippers, yeah, I’m talking to you! This is the deck for you!


Rebecca Speaks Again!

That’s right folks, my voice is again going to be heard on the internet. This time it’s going to be on the Paravision radio show on the Para-X Radio network. I’m really excited because Para-X Radio has lots of good shows and a great chat room.

I will be a guest on September 19, 2008 (this Friday). The show runs from 8-9pm eastern. To tune in just go to the Para-X Radio website, then click on “Live Chat” in the thin red bar at the top of the page. This allows you instant access to the chat room and the live feed of the show. If you get there early, you may have to refresh your computer at 8pm to pick up the show when it starts.

Enjoy!

For those of you who missed my last appearance on ISIS Paranormal Radio, you can check it out here.

10 Questions with Deborah Blake

1. Tell our readers a little bit about your first book “Circle, Coven, and Grove” and why you chose that subject matter for the book?
Circle, Coven & Grove is a year of rituals (New Moons, Full Moons and Sabbats) set up by month. It was primarily written with groups in mind, as you can tell from the title, but I have had many Solitaries tell me that they use it too.

I wrote it because it was the book I wished I’d had for my first year as a High Priestess, and couldn’t find. And because I realized that not all groups have someone in them who is comfortable writing rituals.

2. What can my readers expect from your next book “Everyday Witch A to Z”, which releases in October?
Well, the subtitle is: An Amusing, Inspiring & Informative Guide to the Wonderful World of Witchcraft, and that ought to give you a pretty good idea. Some of the book is funny and light-hearted, some of it is deeply spiritual and all of it is intended to share useful information and make you think. There are lots of little sidebars, like “Simple Spells” and “Magic’s Herbal Hints.” (My black cat Magic co-wrote the book.) My hope is that there will be a little something for everyone in it!

I also have a third one finished, which will be coming out next summer. It is called The Goddess is in the Details: Wisdom for the Everyday Witch, and it is all about integrating your spiritual life as a witch with your mundane everyday life. Walking your talk, if you will.

3. I see that in October you will be featured in Laurell K. Hamilton’s newsletter. I love Hamilton so I have to ask, how did that come about?
It was kind of funny, actually. The publicist at Llewellyn suggested when my first book came out that I get a myspace page, for networking and such. I’ve gotten in touch with many other very cool authors through that site, and made a number of friends. At one point last year, I wrote a note to Laurell congratulating her on her newest book, and her assistant Darla Cook wrote me back. Darla explained that Laurell is a technophobe, and so she doesn’t answer her own email. We chatted back and forth a bit, I mentioned that I was an author, and presto, Darla invited me to be in the newsletter. I have to say, I’m pretty excited about it, since I love Laurell, too!

4. You’ve been leading a group, the Blue Moon Circle, for several years. What are your thoughts on the Coven verses Solitary Wiccan practitioner?
Well, they’re both equally good paths, of course. Some people are more suited to one or another, and other folks would like to be in a group but there isn’t one available that suits them. When I first discovered that I was a Witch, I was amazed to find out that I was a group Witch—since I am primarily a solitary person in most other ways. I still practice on my own at times, but I was with my first group for over 5 years, and I have been leading Blue Moon Circle for 4. I find group work very rewarding, in part because of the extra energy that can be generated by a bunch of Witches all working together, but also because I love the feeling of being an extended family. Blue Moon Circle is an unusually tight-knit group, we even take vacations together (husbands, kids and all), and many of the Blue Mooners come along with me to author appearances.

5. What advice would you give someone interested in learning about Wicca?
Buy a lot of books! There are many different forms of Wicca, and the best way to discover what works for you is to do a lot of reading. And if you can find some local Witches to practice with, which can help you really get a feel for ritual and magick.

And listen to your own inner wisdom. If something doesn’t seem right to you, don’t do it.

6. In your opinion, what piece of modern pop culture (for example movies or television shows) do you feel has done the best job of portraying female magic practioners (witches)? What has done the worst?
Interesting question. To be honest, I kind of liked Charmed, although it wasn’t what you’d call realistic. And of course there’s Harry Potter… I’m not sure I can think of any good examples of realistic portrayals of the modern witch, except a book or two maybe. As for the bad stuff…well, all those movies that confuse Satanism and witchcraft, or feature so-called evil witches make me twitch.

7. What challenges do you see facing the Wiccan community? How can the community resolve those issues?
I think that in many ways, we are our own worst enemy. I get frustrated sometimes with people arguing about the proper ways to practice, or what we call ourselves. (There’s a little rant in Everyday Witch about unity, in fact.) I think that we need to realize that we have much more in common with each other that we do with anyone who is not a pagan/witch/Wiccan, and be kind to each other.

8. Who is your favorite Llewellyn author?
Okay, now you’re trying to get me in trouble! I don’t know how I could pick, really, there are so many. I enjoy Ellen Dugan’s garden witchery books, and I’m currently reading Christopher Penczak’s The Mystic Foundation, which is fascinating and deep. And anything by the late Scott Cunningham is very useful for reference material. But the book I am most looking forward to reading next is the Shadow Magick Compendium, by Raven Digitalis, coming out in October, too. I got a sneak preview of it, and what I saw looks absolutely amazing. I recommend it highly.

9. I’m from the Albany, NY area. You live in Oneonta, NY and I see you refer to it as upstate New York. Wouldn’t you say upstate would be more like Glens Falls or Plattsburgh? I always think of Oneonta as like central New York.
I guess I’ve always thought of everything above NYC as Upstate. I grew up near Albany, and that’s how everyone there (and everyone here) refers to the area. The “official” name for this section of the state is “The Central Leatherstocking Region,” however, so maybe you’re right!

10. Parting shot! Ask us here at The Magical Buffet any one question?
If you could ask an author to write a book about Wicca or the magickal world, what would you want the book to be about?

I couldn’t possibly ask. I find it all so interesting I wouldn’t know what to ask for!

Author Bio:

Deborah Blake is a Wiccan High Priestess who has been leading her current group, Blue Moon Circle, for four years. She is the author of Circle, Coven and Grove: A Year of Magickal Practice (Llewellyn 2007) and Everyday Witch A to Z: An Amusing, Inspiring & Informative Guide to the Wonderful World of Witchcraft (Llewellyn 2008). Her third book will be out in 2009. Her award-winning short story, “Dead and (Mostly) Gone” is included in the Pagan Anthology of Short Fiction: 13 Prize Winning Tales (Llewellyn, October 2008).

When not writing, Deborah runs The Artisans’ Guild, a cooperative shop she founded with a friend, and works as a jewelry maker, tarot reader, an ordained minister and an Intuitive Energy Healer. She lives in a 100 year old farmhouse in rural upstate New York with five cats who supervise all her activities, both magickal and mundane.

Visit Deborah at www.deborahblakehps.com, www.myspace.com/deborahblakehps, and www.bluemooncircle.net.

How I Spent My Summer

Buying lots and lots of music! For those of you who haven’t been following along, this summer has been music buying chaos for me. Now that the summer is winding down, and the leaves here in New York are starting to change colors, let’s try to make some sense out of all that I’ve listened to.

It all started back at the very end of April, when both the latest Madonna and Robyn CDs released, and it ends with the new Glen Campbell album I just reviewed. Let’s go to the list, shall we?

April: Madonna “Hard Candy”, Robyn “Robyn”
May: Cyndi Lauper “Bring Ya to the Brink”, Duffy “Rockferry”
June: NERD “Seeing Sounds”
July: Nas “Untitled”, The Ting Tings “We Started Nothing”
August: Sa Dingding “Alive”, Glen Campbell “Meet Glen Campbell”

Obviously I liked all these albums. I only write about stuff I like when it comes to music. Also, I wrote reviews for all of these, so there is no need to rehash those opinions here. Let’s kick a little compare and contrast though, shall we?

Battle of 80s divas, Madonna verses Cyndi Lauper. Cyndi Lauper wins hands down. Both albums are designed to make you dance, but Madonna stuck to safer grounds with top hip hop and R&B producers, where as Lauper’s album makes you wanted to move just as much, but it took risks, such as dipping into Swedish pop and utilizing interesting and unusual sounds.

Want to unwind? Duffy verses Sa Dingding. It may seem odd to compare the two, but both albums are rich and atmospheric. Ladies, go with Duffy for introspection, listen to Sa Dingding to provide a soothing soundtrack for yoga or picturesque drives.

Waving your hands in the air, Nas verses NERD. Sonically NERD’s album is impressive. It’s a mix and match of sounds that ultimately come together with foot tapping, booty shaking, fist pumping results. Unfortunately for NERD, Nas has them beat lyrically, and the album boasts its own fantastic music. The Nas CD reigns supreme for me…I suspect it will be a long time before another hip hop album will impress me as much as this one did.

Did you just buy that? The Tings Tings verses Glen Campbell. Both albums were unknown quantities when purchased, both were entertaining. Obviously it’s hard to compare the chick 80s sound of The Ting Tings with the country reinterpretations of Glen Campbell. What they have in common…they were both inexpensive to purchase….and that’s it.

The album I’m still listening to…Robyn. That Robyn CD is the winner of the summer. I bought it at the end of April and it is still in my car for regular listens. Stuck in traffic? Listen to Robyn. Speeding down the highway? Listen to Robyn. Getting pumped up to go to a party? Listen to Robyn. Cleaning the apartment? Listen to Robyn because I loaded it onto my computer. There is no occasion when listening to the Robyn CD is a bad idea, except maybe when trying to get some sleep!

This has been a great summer for music and I’m sad to see it go. For once I don’t have a music review just sitting in my computer waiting to share with you guys. Hopefully with the upcoming holiday season there will be some new, exciting music releases for us to talk about. Until then, keep your ears open!

Apologies to Jim Norris

A while back, and by a while I mean all the way back in January of this year, a very nice man by the name of Jim Norris contacted me. Do I ever feature poetry? This was a new question for me and I responded that I would gladly feature the poem he sent me, but to bear with me while I found a home for it on our website. Push forward to September 2008. Um, yeah, well, to sum up, I suck. This poor man by now must have assumed our readers would never see his lovely poem. Surprise! It has made it! Finally. My sincerest apologies to Jim.

Travel the Darkness

Can you journey into the night with me
Can you stand strong when beholding the darkness within
Once the eye of your soul has become accustomed to the dimness of my soul
Can you live with what has been revealed
Let us soar into the inky blackness of a New Moon sky
Let us have faith in instincts passed on to us from the ancients that lived before
Once you trust and the skin of your soul has become accustomed to the coolness of a midnight caress
Can you live again without that sensation
We must make the pilgrimage into that which cannot be foreseen
We must shatter the preconceived notions born out of our experiences
Once your bones have felt the chill of my history
Can you live with what has been exposed
It begins in this moment

Bio:
Jim Norris has been a practicing solitary since 2001 in the Kansas City area. He has worked for and/or on behalf of several corporate entities including Hallmark Cards and the Walt Disney Corporation.

Feel free to leave him a message at www.myspace.com/kansastwisterjn

Meet Glen Campbell

Yeah, I said Glen Campbell, you got a problem with that? The next time I talk music it will be my summer music buying wrap up, but this little oddity snuck in during August, so I figured, better add it to my lost summer of music purchases.

The buzz about the new Glen Campbell is that it’s an album of covers. That’s part of the appeal. Of course, “Meet Glen Campbell” should not be compared to any of the Johnny Cash “American Recordings” albums; that would be sort of like comparing, I don’t know, something super bad ass, with something not quite so. The Cash covers were revelations, these covers, just can’t hold up to them.

That said, there is a lot to love about this CD. Campbell’s producer took a handful of songs that were originally small, intimate, and pared down, and handed them over to get the big, bold, 60’s/70’s Glen Campbell treatment. Many people are all a buzz over the cover of Green Day’s song “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”. Personally, I’m a freak in the fact that I have never been a fan of this song. Save it for high school dances, and teen television dramas, is what I say. Campbell didn’t manage to change my opinion. On the other hand, I also have never been too fond of the Travis song “Sing”, but in Campbell’s hands I find this to be my favorite track on the album. My other big favorite is his cover of Tom Petty’s “Walls”.

In my opinion, it’s time more people met Glen Campbell, and this is a pretty accessible way to do that.

“Sing”, this is a live performance and in my opinion not as good as the album version, but it will give you an idea as to what I’m talking about.