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Mon May 26, 2014, 10:55 PM

My current earworm. Three days and counting...



It's one of the more frightening earworms I've ever had. It's almost impossible to sing this song yourself and not feel a little rush when doing so. A little kick, a slight swelling of the chest, a little pride.

Because that's what the song is supposed to do. Make you feel good.

I saw a revival of Cabaret at the Paramount in Seattle in 1988. It was Joel Gray's last tour in the role of the Emcee. Back then, I was still a fairly straight-laced, conservative, Southern-raised boy. I was a little put off by the crazy, highly sexualized goings-on at the Kit-Kat Club for the first part of the play.

Then, a small group of young waiters came out on the stage, wearing a uniform of short red waiters' jackets. And they sang this lovely song. Beautiful, pastoral, optimistic. I loved it. It was such a contrast to the tawdry acts of the Berlin cabaret.

Then my dad, who had taken me to see the show, leaned over and whispered: "That's a Nazi Hitler Youth Anthem." *

I was instantly horrified. And I understood then, dimly, in my naive 19 year-old way, how it was that the German people - highly educated, enlightened, sophisticated, cosmopolitan, humane - could be drawn to the monstrousness of the Nazi regime.

* - I found out only recently that "Tomorrow Belongs To Me" is not a Hitler Youth song. It is an original song, written specifically for the Cabaret musical. (By Jewish songwriters, no less.) But it certainly captures the nationalistic spirit of the Nazis, as it was supposed to.

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Aristus May 2014 OP
TreasonousBastard May 2014 #1
rurallib May 2014 #4
In_The_Wind May 2014 #2
DamnYankeeInHouston May 2014 #3
From The Ashes May 2014 #5
Flaxbee May 2014 #6
Enthusiast May 2014 #7

Response to Aristus (Original post)

Tue May 27, 2014, 01:56 AM

1. I remember that scene...

Chilled me to the bone when I saw it in the movie way back when.

I kept thinking that nobody singing had any idea what "tomorrow" would really bring.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #1)

Tue May 27, 2014, 09:31 PM

4. yes indeed -

walked out of the theater singing that song and felt so wrong.

Edit to add - when I first saw that scene in the movie I had a cold chill envelope me. I assume that was because we know what happened. What a strange experience.

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Tue May 27, 2014, 03:08 PM

2. If you've got to have an earworm ... that's a good one.

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Tue May 27, 2014, 03:27 PM

3. I've freaked myself out when I heard myself

whistling that. It's a hard one to get rid of.

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Wed May 28, 2014, 11:31 AM

5. Here's my current earworm:

I don't know how many days, because I keep...um...re-infecting myself.

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Response to From The Ashes (Reply #5)

Wed May 28, 2014, 04:17 PM

6. You will never, ever, ever stop watching this version :)

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Response to Flaxbee (Reply #6)

Thu May 29, 2014, 04:08 PM

7. I like happy dogs

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