"Spoonful" is a blues song written by Willie Dixon and first recorded in 1960 by Howlin' Wolf. It is one of Dixon's best known and most interpreted songs. Many feel that the song is about drug addiction, but the author, Willie Dixon declared that: “The idea of ‘Spoonful’ was that it doesn’t take a large quantity of anything to be good”, he observed. “If you have a little money when you need it, you’re right there in the right spot, that’ll buy you a whole lot. If a doctor give you less than a spoonful of some kind of medicine that can kill you, he can give you less than a spoonful of another that will make you well”.
My favorite version of the song is an unrecorded, version of the song performed by Cécile McLorin Salvant, accompanied by the pianist Sullivan Fortner. The song makes me think of how important small acts of kindness can be. For example, during the first months of the Covid pandemic, Dutch families would place teddy bears in the windows of their houses so that little children would have something pleasant to see as they wandered around their neighborhoods. For this series, I've included a number of images of those window-bears.