Monthly Archives: November 2014
From Time Magazine, November 22, 2014
Who gets the last laugh? The British, it seems, after a study out Friday revealed that Monty Python’s “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” is the most-played song at funerals in the United Kingdom.
The relentlessly optimistic song was written by Eric Idle and first appeared in Monty Python’s biblical satire Life of Brian in 1979. The song tickled the funny bone of a generation with the juxtaposition of its lyrics—“If life seems jolly rotten, there’s something you’ve forgotten, and that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing”—and the characters singing it in the comedy classic, a chorus of people being crucified on a hillside.
The findings come from a survey of more than 30,000 funerals in the UK by The Co-operative Funeralcare.
The irreverent track pushed out more traditional songs for the No. 1 spot, including “The Lord is My Shepherd” and “Abide with Me.”
The song lyrics do strike a particularly comforting note for a funeral.
For life is quite absurd
And death’s the final word
You must always face the curtain
with a bow
Forget about your sin – give the
audience a grin
Enjoy it – it’s your last chance
So always look on the bright side… of death.
Other hit classics to make the Top 10 Most-Played list in the humor category include “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen, “Ring of Fire,” by Johnny Cash, “Bat Out of Hell,” by Meat Loaf, and The Trammps’ “Disco Inferno”—“Buuuurn baby burn!”
Well played, Britain. Well played.
If you are going to request PE credit, you need to download the form, fill it out, and get Mr. McCray to sign it. This needs to be done as soon as possible to receive credit.
I am under the weather, and will not be there. However, under Mrs Stowers guidance, you should have fearless leader ship. Anything Weird happens? Call me!!
Strike is on Friday after school. Please come if you can! Very, very important. It’s also the time that I will be very available to talk about the next show to individuals who have moments of downtime. Thank you!
Amazing show! We are all so proud of you!
Congratulations to the seniors for their leadership in one of the best musicals I’ve ever been involved with.
A few reminders:
1. Cast party Saturday at the Overholt’s. If you don’t have info and you would like to go, please see me today. Everyone is invited and should have received an email. If not, it may be in your spam folder. You are definitely invited, so please let them know if you are coming.
2. Scripts – please return these to the choir room Asa soon as possible. If you would like to purchase yours, see me or Mrs. Jean.
Ms. Johnson 😊
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