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 pressure 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 They attributed their frame of mind to “getting lost in the joy of this silly, out of date, whimsical musical” that took them away from the psychological nutcracker of the present.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?