Say YES!

Say YES!

I have no intention of turning this into a “Musical Blog”, but when it comes to a positive attitude there is a lot to be gleaned from toe-tapping Broadway Musicals! And there is one song in particular, written by one of the most successful song-writer teams I know of. (And, no, I am not talking about Benny & Bjorn!)

John Kander & Fred Ebb are best known for Chicago, which wowed movie audiences with fantastic performances by Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones. They also wrote the famous theme of New York, New York, popularized by Frank Sinatra.


But there is also this obscure song, which they wrote many years ago for a TV Special with Liza Minnelli, called YES! I’m not sure that most people even know about this show, but I do know that the words of this song should be true inspiration for anyone looking for new ideas; and that’s why I’m going to post about it today.

(In spite of the fact that people may think I’m just trying to make up 500 words by quoting someone else’s lyric!)

If you’re really a big fan and strong enough for a fabulous Liza performance, then be sure to check check it out her video HERE:

Life keeps happenin’ every day, say YES!  
When opportunity comes your way 
You can’t start wonderin’ what to say 
You’ll never win if you never play, say YES!

By now you can tell why I like this lyric; it is talking about seeing stuff as opportunities, and a complete willingness to explore. I’m pretty sure Thomas Edison would have wanted to record these guys on his phonogram right from the start, because it echos his relentless attitude to find the solutions – they exist and you simply can’t think anything but “Say YES!”

Now, here comes the best part in the chorus:

Don’t say WHY, say why NOT?
What lies beyond what IS, is NOT!
So what, say YES!
Yes I can, Yes I will!
Yes I’d love to do such and such!
Yes, I’ll try: Yes, I’ll dare
Yes I’ll fly and yes I’ll share!
Yes, oh YES!

I read a little between the lines here, and this part tells me to go off and do stuff other people warn you about. You know, Leonardo da Vinci often says in his notes, that he’d rather experience things first hand instead of taking people’s word for it. And this attitude stood him in fantastic stead; so I know he’d have approved of this song too! Are your toes tapping yet? Do you feel like storming out there and taking on the whole WORLD of NEW? Wonderful; then look out for the big finish:

Yes, I am! and yes, I’ll be! And YES, I’ll go! Oh, YES!

You’ve got to imagine this in a big voice, as only Liza Minnelli can do when she takes on a hundred-and-twenty piece orchestra, single handedly. You get the picture, right?

Say: “YES!”

Wishing everyone a year full of great ideas ahead!


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