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Exceptional Laughter

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There is a laughter of compliance and there is a laughter of defiance.

The former is when laughter is invoked by our agreement with a joke of some kind.

The latter is when laughter is summoned from within as a decisive expression of one’s will to survive in the face of formidable opposition.

This is the of laughter of “still I rise.” This is the laughter of “I think I’ll die another day.” This is the laughter of “I will get there.”Β This is the laughter of one who is “not afraid.“This is the laughter of “the fighter.

Defiant laughter is the recourse of the one who boldly faces his illusions of impossibility and says, “Go ahead, make me laugh.”

The sense of humor is like a muscle. The more it’s exercised the better it gets at making heavy things feel light.

But as with all forms of muscular development, the sense of humor cannot be strengthened unless the one who possesses it is willing to put it to work in the face of resistance.

That is, one cannot become exceptional at laughter until he learns to laugh even in the presence of apparently contradictory reasons for doing so.

Laugh effortlessly. And when that seems too difficult, laugh exceptionally.

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  1. Oh Boy! Now you’ve done it! You’ve brought music into the mix.!

    All great choices. Haven’t heard Yolanda Adams before. Beautiful voice.
    Beautiful song. Still I Rise. Haunting.

    “Without music life would be a mistake.” (Nietzsche)

    Can I share some with you? I’m trying for ones you may not have heard before. (I think you know this one, but a classic.) (Hymn to Africa – Tears of the Sun) (Probably know this one too, another classic)

    OK. I’ll stop now.

    1. Great Nietzsche quote πŸ™‚ So very true. I was definitely feeling a musical vibe on this one.

      Thanks for sharing so many cool songs with me.

      Louis Armstrong What A Wonderful World – A timeless classic that never fails to move the soul. If I were to choose a theme song for my life, this would be in my top 5 for sure.

      TEARS OF THE SUN / B.WILLIS-M.BELLUCCI / MUSIC VIDEO CLIP -Beautiful music here. I hadn’t heard this one before, but I love it. Maybe this one will help me stir up the muse as I attempt to write something tonight.

      Johnny Reid – Let’s Go Higher-This one was taken down, but I’ll see if I can hunt down another clip.

      Bryan Ferry ~ Dance With Life (The Brilliant Light) -i really like this one. It has a very inspiring uplifting feel and good lyrics to go with it. This dance with life is the mystic’s adventure and most definitely my heart’s true goal.

      JIMMY CLIFF – I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW -When it comes to this one, I have all the same feelings as the Louis tune.

      Ennio Morricone “On Earth as it is in Heaven” -One word: “Epic”

      Keep them coming. Feel free to share music anytime. I love this stuff.

      Here’s one I’ll share with you for now…a favorite artist/vocal innovator of mine:

      1. Bobby McFerrin.

        Very….lilting and…..(curiously) soothing. Will have to listen to more as I “hear” various themes in it….captivating (if that’s the right word.)
        Like the open-ended feel of it. Falsetto voices are so enjoyable and nostalgia-inducing.(perhaps from my choir days.)

        Didn’t know his father was the baritone for Sidney Poitier in the1959
        film version of Porgy and Bess. Saw that over 40 years ago!

        Have been meaning to ask you if you’ve seen Ken Burn’s miniseries
        JAZZ? With co-producer and artistic director, Wynton Marsalis. It’s
        a terrific biography and history series. Billie Holiday, John Coltrane,
        Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington,
        Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie (Bird) Parker, Miles Davis, Ethel Waters…..
        Too many to list.

        Ethel Waters: “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.” Many
        years back, when we only got 3 TV stations, I used to wait for the
        11 pm sign off with her singing this song. Good memories….

        If you can, watch these movies: Tears of the Sun, Gladiator and
        The Mission (based on a true story.) They are about overcoming
        and redemption. Timeless and universal themes. Phenomenon (Dance With Life) is a unique movie. Right up your alley, I think.
        (Yes, I’m a big fan of soundtracks.)

        Well, I was going to make this short and went on too long (again.)


  2. there is a third type of laughter… it is haughty and mocking and mean… always at some-one else’s expense… the kind that when heard enough can taint laughter and even quench it.

    Learning to laugh again, to allow it to be a free and joyous thing is beautiful…

    1. Very true. This third kind of laughter is, in a paradoxical sort of way, the anti-laughter. It wounds rather than heals. I join you in my discouragement of this brand of revelry. Once upon a time I partook of it. Thanks heavens I have been freed from it. Cheers to healthy laughter πŸ™‚

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