by Robert Wilkinson
Got to thinking about a bad attitude that’s stinking up our world, and decided it’s time to stomp for something better!
When I was younger we were derided for believing in certain things that would make for a kinder, gentler world. We were told we were naïve, shortsighted, impractical, and all those other things that cynical adults say to justify their chains of mental slavery. Tonight we dance with attitude for peace, as well as other things.
That’s why our Saturday Night Attitude tune has plenty of attitude, and asks a question that could be answered many ways, none of them cynical. And it stands for something amidst the storm of bad attitude that pervades the atmosphere. For your dancing pleasure, one of the greatest songs ever written!
We begin with Elvis Costello hosting “the Late Show,” and springing out of the host’s chair to strap on a guitar and crank up a driving version of the Nick Lowe classic, “What’s So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding” Here’s a slightly more subdued version from Memphis in 2004 of “What’s So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding”
Since we’re dancing for peace, I figure this song is perfect for the attitude! Here’s the video of the original footage of John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band Live in Toronto 1969 giving up “Give Peace A Chance”
From his 1976 “Earth Tour,” Cat Stevens live giving us “Peace Train”
Here’s the great Curtis Mayfield live on “the Old Grey Whistle Test” performing “We Gotta Have Peace”
Here’s George Harrison in a great live performance of “Give Me Love”
Here’s a great 10 minute video of Bob Marley giving us “Roots, Rock, Reggae,” “One Love,” and “Positive Vibration” (Unfortunately “One Love,” the primary reason I’ve included this video, is set to stills.)
We move to Lenny Kravitz live pounding out “We Want Peace”
Here’s Bobby live giving us a reminder that peace and freedom are better than war! “Simple Song of Freedom”
We now move back to our Saturday Night Attitude tune with Elvis Costello and Jakob Dylan and friends giving up “What’s So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding”
For a closer, here’s a great acoustic duet with Elvis and Nick offering up of our Saturday Night Attitude tune “What’s So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding”
And for the encore, from the 2004 Vote for Change concert, the Boss and the E Street Band with Jackson Browne, Eddie Vedder, and John Fogerty cranking out “What’s So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding”
© Copyright 2014 Robert Wilkinson