Good Morning, FirePeeps, Friends, Lurkers (Yeah, You).

It seems that there is an increase in the crankypantiness of people lately. A raising of the anxiety bar. I’ve noticed more and more lunatic driving habits. I’ve noticed people cutting in lines at the store. I’ve noticed people pulling into themselves instead of reaching out to others. I have recently found myself not wanting to leave my home as much. It might be a pre-winter, semi-hibernating affect.

When I find myself feeling overly nervous about my future, my children’s futures, and the general health of our planet, I sometimes turn to music for comfort. With the access we have via sites like youtube, I can find videos that make me smile, tear up, and feel a bit more optimistic.

Do you remember this video produced by the Discovery Channel that made the rounds several years ago?

Here’s another oldie, but goodie video from REM and PBS:

Something has gone wrong, (what are we gonna do?)
Sighing, sighing.
Faces have turned long, ( I am so sad!)
Crying, crying.
Hear them sob and whine, (oh oh oh)
Tearful, tearful.
That’s a real good sign,
That they’re feeling glum.
Sad, sad times have come.

Furry sobbing monsters feeling sad.
Furry sobbing monsters feeling sad. (oh so it’s sad)
Furry sobbing monsters crying.

Come on monsters, you don’t have to cry, (we don’t)
we can be happy! (all righ!t) (yeah!)

And, more recently, I watched this video that Fatster posted at her Roundup.

Partial lyrics by Alicia Lemke:

Remember we’re lost together
Remember we’re the same
We hold the burning rhythm in our hearts
We hold the flame

We’re gonna trip the light
We’re gonna break the night
And we’ll see with new eyes
When we trip the light

Seeing all those different folks, different monsters, old, young, big, little, uniforms and traditional dress, dancing and singing, gives me hope for our world. We’re all in this together and we shouldn’t forget that. It’s easy to feel defeated and scared and sad, but when we step back and take a larger look, we can indeed see with new eyes.

I hope you got a smile or two from watching these videos. Maybe you have a video that inspires peace and tranquility or laughter that you would like to share? I’d love to see and hear what others find helpful.

Welcome to Dempster’s Video Roundup. Pull up a chair, smile and tell me what’s the haps in your corner of this great big wonderful world.