Every morning, on my way to drop Sophie off at my mom's before I head to work, she wants to listen to "kids' songs," which means the Walt Disney radio station on Pandora. This morning, when I hooked up my iPhone, the song "Bare Necessities" came blaring out of the speakers (we like our music loud). Soph, from the back seat, yelled, "Mom, I kno-ow this is your favorite song." It really is (my favorite Disney song anyway, and I usually declare it is my favorite song - just as I declare John Goodman is my favorite actor - every time it comes on, but Sophie beat me to the punch). So this morning, we sang the hell out of it as we rolled along the country roads toward my mom's farm: "Look for the bare necessities, the simple bare necessities, forget about your worries and your strife ..."
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Now Baloo, who sings this song, is really kind of a jerk, when you think about it. He lets the bees do all the work and spends his time loafing around getting fat off of the insects' spoils. But the song, the song, speaks to me, especially these lines late in the lyrics:
- And don't spend your time lookin' around
- For something you want that can't be found
- When you find out you can live without it
- And go along not thinkin' about it
- I'll tell you something true
- The bare necessities of life will come to you.
Maybe that, my friends, is reaaaaalllly livin' (or maybe the roof falls in on your head). Ah, hell, it's a really good song anyway;). A/J