Monday Meditations: Cheerfulness in the Face of Evil

I think it’s in The King and I  where you’ll find a song about whistling when you’re in disconcerting circumstances. It being spring and all, I decided post something similarly cheerful for dark times. Elmer Bernstein has something wonderful for us to listen to. I will hum this song to myself if I’m ever walking through a graveyard at 3 in the morning.


“Main Title/Theme” from The Great Escape Soundtrack by Elmer Bernstein

This song sounds so cheerful, and to everyone who’s seen the movie it sounds so exciting. The music describes Hilts and Bartlett and MacDonald perfectly. They’re always so charismatic and chipper, even when they’re preparing to sneak past killers armed with machine guns. I confess a desire to act just like them.


“Colonel Von Luger, it is the sworn duty of all officers to try to escape. If they cannot escape, then it is their sworn duty to cause the enemy to use an inordinate number of troops to guard them, and their sworn duty to harass the enemy to the best of their ability.”

The Great Escape


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