My song today is ‘One Fine Day’. This song was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. It first became a popular hit in the summer of 1963 for the American girl group ‘The Chiffons’, who reached the top five on the ’Billboard Hot 100’ chart. In 1980, Carole King covered it herself and charted at Number 12 on the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ chart with her version, becoming her last Top 40 hit. The song has subsequently been covered by numerous artists over the years.
Today’s song reminds me less about climate change and more about some individuals who are known as being ‘fair weather friends’. The world is experiencing all manner of extreme weather due to climate change; even England, who always experienced the four seasons as regular as clockwork until the end of the last century. For centuries, the English citizen came to expect the warmth and fine weather of spring, the hot and sultry weather of summer, the brisk and windy weather of autumn, and the cold and snowy weather of winter, and without fail, we would experience the four seasons annually in that order.
I love the different weather conditions we experience, with the exception of the floods that risk life and ruin homes and livelihoods for so many these days. Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, and snow is exhilarating. Indeed, for most of my life, we rarely experienced bad weather, only different kinds of good weather in the eyes of the positively inclined. Indeed, my allotment buddy, Brian, tells me that us tough tykes from up north in Yorkshire believe that there is no such thing as bad weather, only soft southerners.
The lessons that nature teaches us are little different than what mankind can learn from their own nurture and human traits. Mankind, like the forces of the sea, is advanced and driven back by the tidal events which we experience during our lifetime.
Often, I have encountered people who believed themselves insignificant in their life and who think that their views are unimportant enough to be listened to. My advice to any such persons of low self-esteem would be to immediately change their Christian name to ‘Weather’. That single alteration alone is guaranteed that they will be the first and most spoken about person in any social setting they ever find themselves a part of, and even when they are at home tucked up in bed fast asleep, you can bet your sweet aunt, that somewhere in the world, some stranger will still be talking about them!
Love and peace