GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - If the world's got you down, you're not alone: The country is politically divided. Terrorist attacks. Daily helpings of bad news.
Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith knows what you’re going through. In fact, he admits to being in that very same funk.
But that’s when it dawned on him – the world needs more positivity. More optimism. And not just a normal about of optimism – but an obscene amount of optimism.
Filled with songs about kittens, world peace and love, all to the cheerful twang of a ukulele -- Messersmith’s “11 Obscenely Optimistic Songs For Ukulele: A Micro-Folk Record For The 21st Century and Beyond” is the cure for our present day blues.
After completing the songbook, Messersmith went a step further – to make sure the optimism spread. He’s in the middle of 30-stop public pop-up show tour across Minnesota. They’re free, fun and fast –15 minutes of Messersmith and his ukulele – a little burst of happiness in some of our state’s most iconic places – the Paul Bunyan statue in Bemidji, Bob Dylan’s house in Hibbing, and the World’s Largest Ball of Twine in Darwin.
Messersmith’s started his musical caravan on May 28th in Lanesboro with his final stop in Lutsen on Friday.
For those who can’t make it to a micro show – Messersmith has the entire songbook on his website. It’s free to download. In return, all Messersmith asks is that you record your version of the songs and upload them to YouTube with the hashtag “Obscenely Optimistic.”