Smile – a Charlie Chaplin cover

For this week’s Acoustic Cover I chose a song that many people know but some don’t realize who wrote it.

“Smile” is a song based on an instrumental theme used in the soundtrack for Charlie Chaplin’s 1936 film Modern Times. Chaplin composed the music, inspired by Puccini’s Tosca. John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons added the lyrics and title in 1954. In the lyrics, based on lines and themes from the film, the singer is telling the listener to cheer up and that there is always a bright tomorrow, just as long as they smile.

I hope you smile and sing along…

How this site came to be.

I applied to several places in hopes of getting a regular paycheck. I was getting emails from companies like Lowe’s telling me to apply. I would get interviews but I started to think maybe my age was being factored in. Then it became obvious what the issue was during an interview at a local hardware store. The owner was please to meet me. He was happy that I was a little older because most of the clientele were older folks and they would appreciate someone like me helping them. Then he asked what I had been doing for work. I said I was self employed and have been an entertainer for over 20 years. Then he said, “we have a lot of other people to interview”. He thanked me for coming in and said he’d get a hold of me if anything opened up. Hmmm. It was my prior vocation that was turning folks off. It happened a few more times.

Just after the stay at home was ordered I turned to social media in hopes of creating a larger fanbase. I thought maybe I could continue to perform and sell tickets. I began performing some live streaming shows for tips and even tried selling tickets to online shows. I had 857 likes on my Facebook page but could only get 30 to 50 people to attend a show at any one time. I don’t really like Facebook and I will write about that in another post but basically out of 857 “likes”, only 50 were really interested.

The pandemic brought about the phrase, “a new normal”. I first became familiar with the phrase after I had my neck fused. A plethora of things came with the titanium rods which my doctor and therapist answered with, “it’s your new normal”. I dislike this phrase. Between my surgical woes and this pandemic why would anyone want this as any type of normal. Much less a new normal. That’s when I said to Janet, “I don’t want this normal, I want better. I want a new better”.

I hope you follow along with our stories, adventures, recipes, videos, music, and projects all in an effort to find our new better.


Denny & Janet