One of my favourite songs is “Do you believe in magic?” by The Lovin’ Spoonful. The song was recorded in 1965. It has a lightness and joyousness that seems to represent an innocence of first experience, of delight in being alive and specifically being young. Here is a link to the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1Ta1UUB05w
The video plays the song alongside a picture of Disney’s version of J.M. Barrie‘s classic children’s story “Peter Pan”.
The idea of innocence and the Sheer joy of childhood came back to me today as Google did one of their famous Google-Doodles to honour what would have been the 85th birthday of Maurice Sendak who wrote and illustrated the classic children’s book “Where The Wild Things Are”.
Sendak understood the wild imaginations of the child and the fact that we are all born to live as well as create stories, adventures and fantastical flights into unknown and incredible places.
On a day like this, when we think of Sendak, do we not, all of us, have some regret for the loss of the magic? When the monsters leave our lives and grey reality enters do we not lose something very powerful within us?
Fortunate are those who still romp with wild things of their imagination and let the magic do its work.
- ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ author Maurice Sendak celebrated in Google Doodle (independent.co.uk)