American singer-songwriter Johnny Nash, who died yesterday at age 80, was one of the first artists to bring reggae music to the United States as I learned today, reading a CBC.ca article about his death.
He was famous for today’s selection, the 1972 hit “I Can See Clearly Now.” I don’t know much about Nash, but every time I hear that song, particularly the vocal bridge, I recall it being performed flawlessly by fellow students at a coffee house in my high school in the 70s.
Listening to the YouTube autoplay while I’ve been writing this, there were some songs I knew, but many I’d never heard before. Among those that played were “There Are More Questions Than Answers,” “Hold Me Tight,” “Guava Jelly,” and “Tears on My Pillow.” All had a distinct reggae beat to them, and it was good to listen to them.
Apparently, Nash wrote the optimistic song “I Can See Clearly Now” while recovering from cataract surgery.
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today, with thanks to Sweety for the song suggestion. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the audio for the song from the Johnny Nash YouTube topic channel: