I can’t tell you how many times I heard growing up, "the grass isn’t always greener on the other side." I knew what the message was, but, in a place like Palm Beach, with high hedges on the property lines, I couldn’t see the grass on the other side! What was needed was a more culturally relevant expression of the idea that one should be content with what one has rather than always pining for something better.
That expression came from Malaysian-raised Kevin Ayers, whose tropical upbringing doubtless inspired The Oyster and the Flying Fish, this week’s podcast. Cruising around South Florida, the Keys and the Bahamas, we didn’t see many oysters, although they are certainly found there, but flying fish were a common companions on the open water, speeding past our boat. The rest of the strange album it comes from can be accessed at the right.