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Some Music for Optimism

Vikki Broughton Hodges on the optimism of “Annie”

“The movie (Annie) was based on a popular musical that won seven Tony Awards when it premiered in 1977, including Best Musical, and ran for nearly six years on Broadway because of its positive message about optimism in the face of adversity — the setting is New York City during the Great Depression and the lead character is an orphan looking for a family… Annie’s sense of optimism is an uplifting part of the musical that sends people home with a smile on their face.”

Timothy Tuller, Saint John’s Cathedral

“Edward Elgar’s mammoth Symphony No. 1 … This late-Romantic masterpiece… brimming with an undisputedly English sense of nobility and optimism in the face of adversity. An orchestral music lover’s dream, it is a piece that puts every section of the orchestra through its paces.”

"Movin' On Up"

Brandon Tensley writes, The power of "Movin' On Up" can't be diminished that easily, however. DuBois is gone, but in important ways, the radical optimism so associated with the late actress remains -- thanks to a theme song that turned out to be much, much more.

Luke Wallace's “Biosphere”

Laura B Whitmore writes, "Acclaimed folk, Americana singer-songwriter Luke Wallace delivers a solid dose of confident optimism with whispery cool vocals and an earthy groove on “Biosphere.”

Luke sings... "I said no nobody - no no nobody nobody gonna bring me down"

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