Smile Smile Smile

I thought I’d already happily inhaled everything related to Dan Zanes, but his song “Smile Smile Smile” in a certain context made me see it with new eyes.

The Bryant Park Project was a terrific new radio show which was less than a year old and unexpectedly cancelled about 30 years too early.

Radio kid that I am, I am annoyed that I discovered this show only a few months ago. The last show was July 25th, and to show their acceptance of the matter (look up Kübler-Ross’ 5 stages of grief), they played Dan Zanes’ “Smile Smile Smile”.


There are so many things that can/need to be done with this song. For example:

  1. Learn it. (Lyrics and guitar chords are here, so that’s “thriftshop coats”, not “beer coats”.)
  2. Share it.
  3. Watch it below.
  4. Watch a much clearer version here. Snuffle around the rest of his site for gallons more information.
  5. Borrow Dan Zanes’ idea and make a video of all your smiling family and friends.
  6. Start a daily journal in which you record 3 things that made you smile. Yes, write every day.
  7. (Now you think of something!)


Speaking of smiles and acceptance, my favorite smiley watch finally stopped working today. The end of an era. Sigh. I’m okay. I can accept this. Thanks for your concern.

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