The Creator birthed the world in play. There is an Apache myth of the Creator giving human beings the ability to talk, to run, and to look. But He was not satisfied until He also gave them the ability to laugh. Only then did the Creator say, "Now you are fit to live." So there you have it — play and laughter are essential to our lives and the reason for our lightness of being.

We have chosen pop and rock songs — mostly from the Fifties — that are short, spunky, and sassy. Inside each of us is a child who remembers the energy and delight of play. These songs draw out our playful energy, no matter how old we are.

Paying around is a good and holy thing. Don't let anyone ever tell you otherwise! It enables us to express ourselves, to use our intuition and imagination, and to savor the delights and pleasures of the human adventure.

As you listen to these ditties, keep in mind the following:

  • "There is a mystic in every one of us, yearning to play again in the universe."
    — Matthew Fox
  • "It is a happy talent to know how to play."
    — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "I count that day lost when I am not moved to laughter or tears, but even more if I have not played."
    — George Sheehan
  • "I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around and don’t let anybody tell you different."
    — Kurt Vonnegut

Songs about Play