things that make me smile – singin’ in the rain…

I beg your indulgence as I pay tribute to my favorite dancer ever, Gene Kelly. His combination of grace, athleticism, humor and downright joy gave me (still gives me) many hours of pleasure and inspiration. Years ago, when I was filling out a questionnaire at a seminar, one of the questions was “If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would it be?” I was still dancing at the time, and Gene Kelly was the first name that popped into my head. Of course, in my fantasy, lunch would have been followed by dancing with the “Marlon Brando of Screen Dance”.

Gene Kelly would have been 100 years old today, and, thanks to the magic of film, his dancing will continue to inspire generations to come. I never tire of watching the title number from Singin’ in the Rain. When it’s over…well, the lyrics say it all: “What a glorious feeling—I’m happy again!”

So…who inspires you? Do you need a little dose of that energy today? If it’s a musician/singer, listen to his/her/their music. If it’s an author, make a cup of coffee and spend some time with his/her words. Take it in, soak it up, let it fill you. Then go out and inspire someone else with your own brand of awesomeness.  :)

4 thoughts on “things that make me smile – singin’ in the rain…

  1. I absolutely loved and still do…’Singing in the Rain’ and all those musicals of that era . I grew up watching them.,,,Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire and of course Gene Kelly. When I stopped to think though of a person I would like to have lunch with I couldn’t really think of anyone that I probably wouldn’t be terribly intimidated by…Years ago I would have answered…Elvis…As controversial as he was I always thought of him as someone I’d like to meet…Diane

    • I think Elvis would have been a very interesting person to meet. He was so talented, and I think his life could have turned out very differently if he could have figured out a way to deal with the fame and all the people pulling at him and wanting things from him. When I was dancing, I occasionally worked with or met “famous” people (although not as famous as Gene Kelly or Elvis), and they were typically very nice—just people, you know? :) Viki

  2. I met Elvis once. He was working as the parking lot attendant at a truck stop in Texas [8>]) I swear, this guy was the spittin’ image of “The King”, voice, mannerisms, everything. He hated it when people called him The Kaaaang.

    Back to the real world, excellent concept of mental refreshment, spending time with one’s inspirations :)

    • :) I’ve always been fascinated by the fact that “Elvis sightings” persisted for so long and that there were so many people who just didn’t want to believe that he was actually dead.

      Love “mental refreshment”…great image/phrase. :)

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