Track of the Week: Mr Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra

I was driving along the 401 the other day, particularly miffed. It was Saturday morning, I had to work. I got up early, after a late night of debauchery, went for breakfast (waited 45 minutes for 2 eggs, 2 slices of toast and some silver dollar fries), and made the drive from Orillia to Toronto. The last half of Hwy 400 you notice a change in the behaviour of the motorist. The dangerously polite driving of Orillia and Barrie become the dangerously aggressive Driving of Vaughn and Toronto... But then, I'm lifted out of my angry state by the opening strains of Mr Blue Sky.

This is easily one of happiest songs ever written. I, like most people heard it for the first time on the trailer for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I've since downloaded every ELO album, and gained a new respect for the guy in The Traveling Wilburys who isn't Bob Dylan/Roy Orbison/George Harrison or Tom Petty.

Not Bob Dylan/Roy Orbison/Tom Petty/George Harrison

What I love about ELO and especially this song is the sheer indulgance. Not content to have a few voices sing the harmony, bring in the choir! Full Orchestra!! layered guitars!! 3, no 4 movements!!

Anyways, I can't think of a better way to get rid of the monday blues. I hope you enjoy!

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