Sunday, January 15, 2012

Earworm of the Day: TODAY IS MINE written by Jerry Reed Hubbard, performed by Glen Campbell

The real name of Jerry Reed was Jerry Reed Hubbard, singer, guitarist, actor, screenwriter, and composer.  In films and on television, he often played the hick sidekick, as with Burt Reynolds in the Smokey and the Bandit movies.  I used to have his song, "Amos Moses," on my running soundtrack back in the 1980s.

The Wikipedia profile for him is long and interesting but it doesn't mention what I think was by far his best and most beautiful song, "Today Is Mine," which was recorded by Glen Campbell on an early album.  What a lovely song!  Did its message of beauty and mindfulness keep it from becoming a hit?

(as recorded by Glen Campbell, from the album 'The Last Time I Saw Her')

When the sun came up this morning
I took the time to watch it rise
And as its beauty struck the darkness
From the sky

I thought how small and unimportant
All my troubles seem to be
And how lucky another day
Belongs to me

And as the sleepy world around me
Woke up to greet the day
All its silent beauty
Seemed to say

So what, my friend, if all your dreams
You haven't realized
Just look around you
You've got a new day to try

Today is mine, today is mine
To do with what I will
Today is mine
My own special cup to fill
To die a little that I might learn to live
To take from life that I might learn to give
Today is mine

Like most men I curse the present
Void of peace of mind
And race my thoughts beyond tomorrow
To envision there a sweeter time

But as I view this day around me
I can see the fool I've been
For today's the only garden
That we can tend

Repeat chorus.

Jerry Reed Hubbard died in 2008 at 71 years of age, but his song plays over and over in my mind--so you might say a part of him lives on right here.

Here's the Youtube link:

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