If you’re like me, you dig the song, “Act Naturally”. I like Buck Owens’ version, but Ringo’s and Loretta’s covers are good too.
Oh, and the Owens/Starr duet.
Here’s one of the verses:
Well, I hope you come and see me in the movie
Then I’ll know that you will plainly see
The biggest fool that ever hit the big time
And all I have to do is act naturally
First of all, it’s one of the most fun songs to sing along with! I guess we can thank co-writer Voni Morrison for that.
But I especially like this song because it’s proud, yet humble; sad, yet funny; despairing, yet hopeful.
We all could take a lesson from Johnny Russell, the lyric writer. From Wikipedia: “friends from Oklahoma planned to do a recording session in Los Angeles and asked him to join them. In order to do so, Russell had to break a date with his then-girlfriend. “When she asked me why I was going to L.A., I answered, ‘They are going to put me in the movies and make a big star out of me.’ We both laughed.”
This guy laughs at himself. Kudos, Johnny!
I’ll interject my favorite quotes about laughing at yourself:
“Laugh at yourself first, before anyone else can.” [Perfect.]
“If you can’t laugh at yourself… I’ll do it for you.” [I’d almost wear a T-shirt emblazoned with THAT one.]
All to say, I’m learning that I can be humble without being self-effacing, and to cling to reality while still clinging to dreams—and it’s a lot easier if somebody’s laughing along the way. …LOL, it may as well be me.