Monthly Archives: February 2011

Ooh-Child – Five Stairsteps

Oohh-Child-Five Stair StepsIt’s only fitting to feature a song from the “First Family of Soul.” So who is the “First Family of Soul?” The Five Stairsteps. According to allmusic.com this title was “bestowed upon the Chicago-based teenaged group in part because of their astounding five-year run of hits, which included the 1970 million-selling single ‘O-o-h Child.'” Which just happens to be our song for this month.

This song sure does stir my soul.

Ooh-oo child Things are gonna get easier
Ooh-oo child Things’ll get brighter
Ooh-oo child Things are gonna get easier
Ooh-oo child Things’ll get brighter

Some day, yeah We’ll get it together and we’ll get it all done
Some day When your head is much lighter
Some day, yeah We’ll walk in the rays of a beautiful sun
Some day When the world is much brighter
Can’t you just picture a mother singing this to her child?

I am particularly drawn to the line “Some day when your head is much lighter.” Things do get better when you stop all the negative chatter in your head. If you constantly have negative chatter in your head, that is all you will be able to see. So work on getting your head lighter.

The song ends with:

Right now
You just wait and see how things are gonna be
Right now…

So choose today for things to be easier and brighter. Choose right now.

Penelope

Penelope

As Valentine’s Day approaches, what better then a romantic tale for SOUL’s Inspirational Movie of the Month.

Penelope, starring Christina Ricci, is a modern day fairy tale of girl who is cursed. Due to the bad behaviors of her ancestors, Penelope was born with the nose of pig and she is stuck with this nose until she finds love with “one of her own kind.”

But what does that really mean? Love from her “own kind?” Her mother (played by the delightful, Catherine O’Hara) thinks that if she finds Penelope someone of their affluent social status to marry the curse will be broken.

Well, I’m not going to ruin the movie for you, but think Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. Remember what Glinda the Good Witch tells Dorothy at the end? That she had the power all along.

Penelope is a perfect little love story to watch with a loved one. And remember first and foremost, that loved one is you.