“Singin’ in the Rain” performed by Gene Kelly (1952)

9 04 2009

What’s not to like about this song? It’s got a great melody with a jaunty, swingin’ rhythm, and it’s all about being happy. And Mr. Kelly’s performance is just stellar. Watching this performance never fails to lift my spirits, no small feat considering the tonnage of said spirits at times.

I have deep respect and admiration for Gene Kelly. A dancer, singer, actor, writer, director, choreographer, labor leader (with the Writer’s Guild of America), and political activist, he was a giant in Hollywood. But most of all he gave a lot of joy to a lot of people on this planet through his works.

I hope you get a chance to see and appreciate his movies, such as this one and, definitely, “An American in Paris.”

And don’t forget to go play out in the rain once in a while!

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