Saturday, June 30, 2007

This is dedicated to the Dominican Sisters (click here) of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist...

...for setting a virtuous example for the rest of us, vis-à-vis their relationship to the Ave Maria Foundation. The sisters will help to staff the new Ave Maria Grammar and Preparatory School in Ave Maria, Florida.

Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive (click to listen)

Artist: Johnny Mercer. Billboard #1 in 1945 (also covered by Bing Crosby, the Andrews Sisters, Artie Shaw and Kay Kyser). Words and Music by Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer.

Gather 'round me, everybody
Gather 'round me while I'm preachin'
Feel a sermon comin' on me
The topic will be sin and that's what I'm ag'in'

If you wanna hear my story
Then settle back and just sit tight
While I start reviewin'
The attitude of doin' right

You've got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
And latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between

You've got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith or pandemonium's
Liable to walk upon the scene

To illustrate my last remark
Jonah in the whale, Noah in the ark
What did they do just when everything looked so dark?

Man, they said: "We'd better accentuate the positive"
"Eliminate the negative"
"And latch on to the affirmative"
"Don't mess with Mister In-Between" (No!)
"Don't mess with Mister In-Between"