Tuesday, 26 January 2016

My Retro Single of the Week - Baz Luhrman - Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

Time for this week's "Retro" single of the week and this time its the classic 'Every's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)' by Baz Luhrman.

This is one of my all time favourites. There is no singing - its a talking song, but it is so meaningful and thought provoking.

With that in mind, I had no idea whatsoever that this song's words are in fact an essay written by a columnist called Mary Schmich. That original essay was published in the Chicago Tribune in 1997.

Baz Luhrman used the whole essay in 'Sunscreen'. Ever likely it sounds so clever and well written. Its someone's essay!! The single was released in 1999, and features Baz talking over the top of a somewhat slowed down version of another classic song from back in 1991 - Rozalla's 'Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)".

This single hit the number 1 spot here in the UK singles chart. Deservedly so. This song just makes you stop and think about your life, and how we really shouldn't worry so much and should enjoy life.

I always forget that this song is actually Baz Luhrman, the Australian film director and producer. This, to my knowledge, is his only musical output, but what a classic it became.

You could say that this is a little melancholy, but if you really digest the words, really think about them, its actually very positive. It does bring out some deep emotions though if you absorb it, but that's no bad thing on this occasion.

These are the standout words for me "Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth, oh, never mind, You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth, Until they've faded, but trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine."

"Enjoy your body, use it every way you can, Don't be afraid of it or what other people think of it
It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own. "

Finally "Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your own living room". Wow.

To sum up, I think its fair to say that this is one of my all time favourites, and given that it was also a one-hit wonder, it has stood the test of time like no other. It's as good now as it was then, possibly better as my own years have advanced, giving the lyrics extra meaning for me.

If you have never heard this, you are missing out. If you have - go and listen to it again. This song is an experience, and I feel moved every time I hear it.

Let me know what you think of this, whether you love it or hate it; it will have an effect on you.

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