We’ve got something a little different for this week’s Throwback Thursday. I don’t think it was necessarily a country song, but I bet you remember this one. And I bet when you hear it you’ll start singing along with the melody.
#TBT: Sunshine – Jonathan Edwards
Who doesn’t remember that one?
It’s one of those songs that has just worked its way into the American landscape. I wasn’t around in 1971, but I’ve heard this song hundreds of times over the years. My parents would have been in their early twenties when this song comes out so when I hear this song I think of them and what their life was like at that time.
I think about the feeling of the era. I can see kids kind of singing along with this one. It has that melody that makes you feel good, but like a lot of good songs this one has a few different layers.
From what I can gather about all the things written about this song is that it’s a protest song. This was during Vietnam and Nixon. I can see that times like that would make young people feel like they are being used and told what to do. Nobody wants that especially when they think the choices being made for them are the wrong ones.
It’s amazing how much can change in 45 years…and also how little things can change.
This is one of those cool songs. You hear the catchy melody and see the title and think it’s all happiness and rainbows, but then you dig a little deeper and get something more.