Recently, on the blog by Sciptor Senex at www.scriptorsenex.blogspot.com , there was a post with beautiful photos of starfish. It instantly reminded me of a hit record from the 60's called Red Rubber Ball. "You're not the only starfish in the sea" was the line that reminded me of the song. After some research, I was surprised and pleased to find that Paul Simon wrote the song with Bruce Woodley of the Seekers. Paul Simon wrote it while he was living and working in England. This song was by the band The Cyrkle and they were discovered and managed by Brian Epstein. Also, The Cyrkle opened for the Beatles when they did their U.S. Tour. John Lennon even gave them the unique spelling of the band's name which was after the circular roundabout in the band's Pennsylvania hometown.
Red Rubber Ball sold over one million records. My sister bought one of those and we happily danced and sang along with the music. It amazes me how music and lyrics can go together in such a way that makes it into a hit song. Listen to this. It still sounds good today and I just know that you will be singing it all day too! The lead singers later went on to become professional jingle writers and I was pleased to know that one wrote "Plop Plop Fizz Fizz" the Alka Seltzer ad and the other wrote "7Up, the Uncola". I have always appreciated a good tune, no matter if it was on the radio or on TV.
Here's a story that I like... A storm washed a lot of starfish upon the beach. To save them, a woman starts to throw the starfish back into the sea and her husband says, "What are you doing? There are hundreds of these, you can't possibly make a difference!" She then picks one up, throws it into the sea, looks at him and says, "I made a difference to that one!"