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This was part 6 of a longer work called "Six Things." Some of the other five things were not nearly as pleasant as this one.


Everything swells up all pink and beautiful like flowers in a meadow. There is beautiful music, there is magic in the air, there is sunshine in the hearts of all the living, breathing beings. It is beautiful.

The weather is beautiful, the day is beautiful, everybody smiles and laughs and forgets their sadness and troubles for a while. It is very, very nice.

Nothing bad happens for a much longer period of time than the normal amount of time it usually takes before something bad happens. The period of nothing bad happening lasts an unusually long time. And everyone sits with it and enjoys it and breathes it in and breathes it out and it lasts and lasts and lasts and lasts and lasts.

And then, at last, at long last, when it seems as if it can't possibly last any longer, it lasts even longer. It goes on and on. It continues to last and last and last. It continues to last and last. On and on it goes, lasting and lasting and lasting until it seems as if it may be everlasting. It seems as if it might last forever.

The possibility that this state of seemingly eternal bliss might actually be eternal fills everyone so full of optimism and hope that the happiness that they had been feeling actually increases, so that everyone feels even more happy and even more hopeful. And still the feeling lasts. And still the situation lasts.

The fact that everyone knew that it would not in fact last forever in no way mitigated the unprecedented feeling of joy that they all felt. They all felt joy, they all felt love, they all felt hope for as long as it lasted. And it lasted and lasted a long, long time.

c. 2015 John S. Hall


from Fuck Sandwich, released January 19, 2017
John S. Hall - vocals
Ray Brown - piano
Violet S. Hall - violin



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Unusual Squirrel New York, New York

Unusual Squirrel is:

John S. Hall - vocals
Susan Hwang - janggu, accordion, backing vocals
Ray Brown - guitar, piano, percussion
Preston Spurlock - keyboards, percussion

with special guest Violet S. Hall - violin on "The Quartet," "Monsters," and "Everlasting."

Produced by Charlie Nieland
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