Sunday, October 21, 2012

Tip#596: Smile, Part 1 - Jeff Lynne of ELO - Modern Times (1936)

One of my all time musical heroes is Jeff Lynne of the Electric Light Orchestra and I have been loving his songs since the late 70's. Whenever I need a quick boost of energy I always listen to ELO or his solo work! He recently released two new albums, one of which is called Long Wave, a collection of songs he loved growing up in Birmingham, England. There is one cover song on it that immediately touched my heart called Smile. Listen and see a great fan video: click here

The song Smile was originally instrumental music composed by Charlie Chaplin for his film Modern Times in 1936. Lyrics were later added in 1954 by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons. I've been listening to Lynne's version of Smile everyday since its release. Perhaps it's because I've been having few sad days recently and it just lifts me up. It feels like an old friend reminding me to stay positive with the song's encouraging lyrics…

Smile, though your heart is aching 
Smile, even though it's breaking 
When there are clouds in the sky 
you'll get by 
If you smile through your fear and sorrow 
Smile and maybe tomorrow 
You'll see the sun come shining through 
for you 

Light up your face with gladness 
Hide every trace of sadness 
Although a tear may be ever so near 
That’s the time you must keep on trying 
Smile what’s the use of crying 
You'll find that life is still worthwhile If you'll just 

Modern Times (1936)

The comedy film Modern Times was written and directed by Charlie Chaplin who also starred as his famous Little Tramp character known as "A Factory Worker". The story is about struggles to survive during the Great Depression and how the Factory Worker playfully moves from one challenge after another. There is also a beautiful, whimsical love story that unfolds with a homeless woman known as "A Gamin" played by Paulette Goddard.

Although most of the movie is silent it is filled with many motivational themes that include perseverance, living with passion and having indestructible optimism. It will also make you laugh! And when the instrumental of Smile plays you will feel a warmth in your heart. And perhaps Lynne's version of Smile will warm your heart too like an old friend cheering you up in sad times.

Remember to listen to favourite songs whenever you feel down. Remember to watch a favourite comedy that will make you laugh when life seems dark. Everything will be okay as long as you remember to smile!

Related Tips:
Tip#596: Smile, Part 1 - Jeff Lynne of ELO - Modern Times (1936) 
Tip#884: Smile, Part 2 – HBO’s Clear History
Tip#828: Motivatorman’s Top 10 Feel Good Movies 
Tip#46: What Makes You Laugh? - Part 1 

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