Monday, November 18, 2013

Awesome Old Song of the Week: "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" by Baz Luhrmann (sort of)

Last week I saw the movie About Time, a combination of Love Actually and Groundhog Day which I highly recommend.  In the film the main character quotes a Baz Luhrmann song lyric (pictured) regarding worrying about the future.

The thing is, it's not really Baz Luhrmann's lyric.  His 1999 recording was actually the word for word essay entitled "Wear Sunscreen," written by Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich in 1997, who referred to it as the commencement speech she would give if allowed the opportunity.  Luhrmann combined Schmich's words with some of the background music from Rozalla's "Eveybody's Free (To Feel Good)" (hence the title), a song used on the soundtrack of the 1996 movie he directed, William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet.

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