Listening to Spotify while I was working, suddenly…Moondog came on, singing Do Your Thing, a sublimely 70′ song, curiously packed with wisdom. As a girl, I used to see him in front of Saks Fifth Avenue and other corners around town, a blind man in full Viking regalia proudly, with seeming infinite patience, standing in the midst of the passersby of the time. Many years later, I’d tell his story here. He was an original, who lived his advice:
Do your thing!
Be fancy-free to call the tune you sing.
Don’t give up!
That’s not the way to win a loving cup.
Do your best,
and opportunity will do the rest.
Don’t give in!
Capitulation is the greatest sin.
Do what’s right,
what’s right for you, to do with all your might.
What might have been, you might as well forget.
Stand your ground,
and while you’re standing there, be duty-bound.
Learn to wait,
and while you’re waiting, learn to concentrate.
All enemies I call potential friends,
Calm your fears,
and hope to cope at least a hundred years.
Make your mark!
If need be, even make it in the dark.
Mum’s the word!
My sage advice, pretend you haven’t heard.