There's so much turmoil in the world right now that I'm going to go against the grain of worry and fear to start the week with music that reminds us of the resilience of the human spirit, and the joy of being alive....
Above: "Head Rush" by Jiggy, an Alt Folk collective from Dublin, Ireland. The song begins with "mouth music" from Irish vocalist Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin and Indian vocalist Debojyoti Sanyal, with Mark Murphy on keyboard, Guy Rickarby and Robbie Harris on drums and percussion, and Éamonn Galldubh on Uilleann Pipes. In regards to video above they say: "All people smile in the same language." And indeed they do.
Below: "Happiness" from We Banjo Three, an Irish band consisting of two sets of brothers: Enda & Fergil Schahill, and Martin & David Howley. I love these guys. Their exuberant video was filmed on the streets of Galway and Galway Market.
Above: "Sultanas de Merkaíllo," an old favorite from the Barcelona band Ojos de Brujo. Pass, sadness, pass, the lyrics tell us. Though our pockets are empty, our hearts are full - so pass, sadness, pass, in the heat and fire the rumba. Alas, Ojos de Brujo disbanded in 2012 after more than a decade of making great flamenco/gypsy-jazz/punk/hiphop music -- but lead singer Marina Abad is still going strong and doing interesting things.
Below: Let's end with a quieter piece from American singer/songwriter John Legend, reminding us to make the most of every moment in "Love Me Now."
The art above is by Jackie Morris, an artist/author based on the coast of Wales. Please visit her website to see more of her beautiful and always-uplifting work.