The other day, I came across a band called Buena Onda Social Groove performing a concert in a local plaza. I really liked their music and was particularly struck by their version of a song popular Colombian song called El Pescador (The Fisherman). The song dates back to the 60s and is well known throughout Colombia. Listening to them perform this song put a feeling of joy in my heart.
Here’s the thing about joy…we really ought to share our joy with other people. We tend to be really good about sharing negative events in our lives with other people. But I would suggest that we tend to guard positive events a bit closer to our hearts. Perhaps we’re afraid that others won’t share our joy, our passion. Perhaps we’re afraid of being rejected, ridiculed.
I don’t think kids have that problem. It seems that kids are much better at sharing their joys with other people. But something changes as we “grow up”.
Sharing joy ought to be natural. It’s something we all ought to do. Most things that put joy in our hearts are beautiful, wonderful things. They deserve to be shared. They lighten your load in life and they can lighten the load of other people in your life as well.
So in that spirit I’m sharing El Pescador with all of you. The version I heard the other day by Buena Onda Social Groove isn’t available online. So I’m sharing a version by a Colombian singer named Toto La Momposina. She has an amazing voice that puts chills down my spine. The song also features some great saxophone and drumming.
If you enjoy the song, then share it with someone else. Keep the joy moving. If you don’t, then sit down and listen to a song that you know you enjoy. And then share that song with someone else. And if you don’t have anyone to share it with, share it with me!