Sunscreen

Baz Luhrmann’s Everyone’s Free To Wear Sunscreen was on the radio again this morning, and once again, I was left wondering if there is any other song which is just so very correct from start to finish.

What I didn’t know was that Luhrmann merely put the words of Chicago Tribute columnist Mary Schmich to music. She had written a hypothetical commencement speech for a graduation gathering that didn’t ever exist.

It’s a shame that was just hypothetical though, because it would likely have been the best commencement speech ever made. It’s very difficult to disagree with any of the advice given. Even if none of it would have ever have been taken.

Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young

Sit yourself down, watch and listen for 5 minutes. Imagine if you had followed all of that from 18 years old. How different would your life be?

Now imagine if you could make your kids listen and learn…
Pipe dreams.

Ring

This is pretty: Mint Royale, featuring the vocal talents of Willem Dafoe, with what’s been described as “this year’s version of Baz Luhrmann’s Everyone’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)“:

All very inspiring, but it does lack the practical advice of the original. It’s all very well “lead[ing] yourself by the hand into the unknown”, but what good is that if you’ve forgotten to “stretch” or “floss”?