Spring is Here -Takin' a “Happy” Break

The Jewish Voice - - EDITORIAL -

One of our younger staff mem­bers came into the of­fice in a bouncy mood the other day, hum­ming a fa­mil­iar tune. Un­usual, to say the least. It turned out that she had watched the 1952 mu­si­cal, “Sin­gin' in the Rain” the pre­vi­ous evening and couldn't get the theme tune out of her head. In ad­di­tion, she ad­mit­ted that she hadn't felt this up­beat in weeks. The movie did it!!!

Our am­a­teur of­fice psy­chol­o­gists de­cided to ex­per­i­ment by view­ing that film on a cer­tain evening to see how it af­fected their moods and outlook the next day. Re­mem­ber– th­ese folks are con­stantly in the pres- sure cooker of deal­ing with lo­cal, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional news . Not a pleas­ant task. The re­sults were as­tound­ing. Some had never heard of the film or its stars, Gene Kelly, Deb­bie Reynolds and Don­ald O'Con­nor. At a lunch hour meet­ing to dis­cuss their post view­ing frame of mind and dis­po­si­tion, they were amazed. They ex­pressed feel­ings in­clud­ing: “rosy,” “happy,” “sunny” and “cheer­ful.” They at­trib­uted their frame of mind to “get­ting lost in the joy of this silly, out of date, whim­si­cal mu­si­cal” that took them away from the psy­cho­log­i­cal nutcracker of the present. We'll see how long that pos­i­tive at­ti­tude lasts.

But, just think–what movies can we share with our young fam­i­lies with­out see­ing gore, hor­ror, mu­ti­la­tion and de­struc­tion? Wear­ing 3-D gog­gles we flinch and duck to avoid bloody body parts fly­ing off the screen in our di­rec­tion. No more sit back, re­lax and en­joy a good story or even an­other silly mu­si­cal that tears us away from the grim re­al­i­ties of ev­ery­day life. We need more films with songs spout­ing words such as:”I'm sin­gin' in the rain...Just sin­gin' in the rain. What a glorious feel­ing .... And I'm happy again. I'm laugh­ing at clouds.. So dark up above. The sun's in my heart...And I'm ready for love. Let the stormy clouds chase, Ev­ery­one from the place..Come on with the rain, I've a smile on my face. I'll walk down the lane with a happy re­frain...Just sin­gin', sin­gin' in the rain.” Don't you feel bet­ter al­ready?

We see the front pages of our ma­jor print giants filled with ac­counts of Trump hav­ing to di­vert his at­ten­tion and con­cern from his ma­jor re­spon­si­bil­ity which is pro­tect­ing the lives and se­cu­rity of this na­tion’s cit­i­zens, both Democrats and Repub­li­cans and fo­cus on an al­leged af­fair with porn star Stormy Daniels that might or might not have oc­curred more than a decade ago.

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