I try to get out and walk every day because I need the exercise, but the weather doesn’t always cooperate. I do have a treadmill for fallback, but it’s not the same as walking along in the fresh air, listening to music on my little music player. Luckily, it’s been sunny and warm lately — unseasonably so — and that has allowed me to do it the right way.
I was thinking about all of that as I walked today with my music player set to ‘random’, and its little electronic brain happened to choose the perfect song. Back in the Sixties it was a Grammy winner for its performer, who also wrote it. And even though gorgeous Gale Garnett has never again reached the record-selling success of her “We’ll Sing In The Sunshine,” she has enjoyed a long career as a singer, actress and writer.
Gale Garnett was born in New Zealand, but her family moved to Canada while she was still a child. By the time she’d reached adulthood she’d begun to sing professionally, while also pursuing an acting career. The success of her hit song allowed her to continue making records backed by her group, the Gentle Reign, and the increased name awareness probably helped her get acting parts too.
Eventually record sales slowed down but in the years since, Gale has continued to work steadily as an actress. She’s also become an accomplished journalist, has written for the theater, and a few years back published her first novel.
And just in case you’re wondering; even though I do enjoy listening to music as I walk, I didn’t actually ‘sing in the sunshine’ today.
4 thoughts on “In The Sunshine With Gale Garnett”
I heard “We’ll Sing in the Sunshine” a few weeks ago on NPR, and found myself crying inexplicably. I grew up listening to ’60-70’s folk music and somehow never heard Ms. Garnett. My loss. I bought a cd of her music. What a beautiful, emotional voice. And, I still find myself choking up over “Sunshine.” I thank her for her art.
Appreciate your comment, Richard.
I grew up with folk music and this takes me back. i remembering going over to my uncles place every Sunday for supper and this was on the tv. So it takes me back to being around family with my dad who has passed on so has my uncle. Thanks for the memories. Harry
does anyone know where i can get acopy of this album?