This photo was taken by Bernie D and is reproduced with his specific permission. I’ve left his title for the picture just as he has it on Flickr because it is so appropriate to the picture, and for me, it creates what some call an “ear worm,” that I just can’t get rid of. The song is “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” and I first encountered it in Monty Python’s, “The Life of Brian.” The lyrics can be found here.
Thanks for the permission to post your photo, Bernie, and for brightening my day with this picture.
If you’d like to hear the song, you’ll find a link at this web site, dedicated to the memory of Paul van der Sijde. Here’s the intro to the series of messages, within which there is a link to the song, …
On May 22, 2002 our good friend and harmonica sage Paul van der Sijde, also known a “Doctor Harmonica” or just “Doc”, lost his battle against lung cancer. Doc was only 40. Many of us remember his thoughtful and thorough postings on the various Internet harmonica lists. He was always eager to help out a beginner and never tired of answering the same questions again and again in a courteous and helpful manner. He also wrote several articles that appear on this site. Even though I never met him in person, I counted him as a friend.
Doc chose to share his journey with a group of his friends and acquaintances from the Internet harmonica community in what he began to call “gang mails”. I saved Doc’s messages as he sent them because I felt that they gave a powerful and seldom seen insight into the lows, highs, thoughts, and feelings of someone with this terrible disease. He shared his journey with us for a year and a half, from the moment he was first diagnosed, and I have published his messages here in honor of his memory.