Vera Lynn: Chart-Topper
Call me Mr. Sentimental, but I was so heartened to hear that Dame Vera Lynn
, the iconic singer whose "White Cliffs of Dover"
and "We'll Meet Again"
were literally the signature tunes for British troops during the Second World War as they fought the Germans and Japanese overseas, has achieved a number one record in the United Kingdom at the ripe old age of ninety-two, a full seventy years after she first recorded some of the album's songs. She even managed to prevent those upstarts The Beatles
, from getting the number one spot.
I think part of the great good cheer that has erupted around Britain at the news is that it's a walking stick in the shins
for the youth-at-all-costs culture that demands that the only consumers that matter are under thirty, and that their needs are the only ones that must be satisfied. It turns out, mirabile dictu, that there are other people in the U.K. who might be worthy of consideration. Now, if only Hollywood would start making films that spoke to that audience. . . .