Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

Trust me on the sunscreen.

I love the song “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Suncreen).” It was released by director Baz Luhrmann, with the chorus sung by Quindon Tarver and the voice-overs spoken by Lee Perry. if you ever wondered where the prose originated from, it was from a Chicago Tribune article written by Mary Schmich. You can find the online version here. It was not written by Kurt Vonnegut, as popular opinion and Baz Luhrmann mistakenly believe.

By the way, if you graduated this year (like I did), you might want to pick up Romeo + Juliet 10th Anniversary soundtrack. Now, I have no idea why the movie “Romeo + Juliet” would even warrant a 10th anniversary track. The cinemetography was fine, but when you pair modern visuals with the real Shakespearean prose, the cheese-meter starts pointing toward “Critical Mass.” (Try not to giggle when the actors refer to their handguns as “swords.”)

HOWEVER, the CD does contain a track of “Everybody’s Free (to Wear Sunscreen).” And it has a new beginning. Instead of starting with “Class of ’97,” it starts off “Class of 2007.” It’s a small change, to be sure. But it’s a great memento that explicitly states the year your graduated. Other generations do not get this incredible honor.

… and trust me on the suncreen.

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