Music is good for the soul, and laughter good medicine.

If you’re anything like me, you sometimes like to listen to the same song several times in a row. For some reason I occasionally listen to the same song three, four or even more times in a row. Or in a variation, start my day with the same song, for weeks.

The same with reading books, though not always in a row. But I do read favorite books multiple times. Perhaps we’re comforted by the familiar.

As early as second grade I had a favorite book that I kept taking out from the elementary school library. I’d taken it out so many times over and over again that the librarian was concerned enough to comment about it. Interestingly, it was a story about bears.

That memory came to mind after I’d watched and listened to a song on YouTube maybe four, five or six times in a row by various artists. The song was “Waltzing With Bears.” Afterwards I began to wonder why this song gives me such a kick. Maybe because it’s so frivolous.

Here are the lyrics. Be sure to go listen to the video.

I went upstairs in the middle of the night,
I crept to his side and turned on the light,
And to my surprise, there was no one in sight,
My Uncle Walter goes waltzing at night!

He goes wa-wa-wa-wa, wa-waltzing with bears,
Raggy bears, baggy bears, shaggy bears too.
There’s nothing on earth Uncle Walter won’t do,
So he can go waltzing, wa-wa-wa-waltzing,
Wa-wa-wa-waltzing, waltzing with bears!

I gave Uncle Walter a new coat to wear,
When he came home he was covered with hair,
And lately I’ve noticed a couple new tears,
I’m sure Uncle Walter goes waltzing with bears!
[Repeat Chorus]

We told Uncle Walter that he should be good,
And do all the things that we said he should,
But I know that he’d rather be off in the wood,
I’m afraid we might lose Uncle Walter for good!
[Repeat Chorus]

We begged and we pleaded, “Oh please won’t you stay!”
We managed to keep him at home one more day,
But the bears all barged in, and they took him away!
Now he’s waltzing with pandas, and he can’t understand us,
And the bears all demand at least one waltz a day!
[Repeat Chorus]

Of the numerous variations, this one by Ossian Gillebert is my favorite. Hope you’ll go find it and have a good listen… and a fine, fun day.

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