But trust me on the sunscreen

Sometimes you discover a song in the most unlikeliest of places – a figure skating exhibition.

Such was the case for me when I heard “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)”.  It was a #1 hit in the UK for Baz Luhrmann in 1999.  Yes, you could cast a vote for it as one of WYEP’s Top 100 Songs of the 90s.

This lyric has quite a history.  The Sunscreen Speech goes back to a 1997 column in a Chicago newspaper.  A commencement address that never took place, but perhaps should have.  The essay actually called "Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young" was written by Mary Schmich and was popularized in music by Baz Luhrmann.  Mr. Luhrmann added the opening words to the song:  "Ladies and gentlemen of the class of '99".

The song just recently re-entered the UK Singles Chart.

Lines like this continue to hold true today:

The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing everyday that scares you.


Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.


But trust me on the sunscreen.

Barb S. - Sunday Mix Host


My cousin Tim based his high school valedictory speech on that newspaper column (and maybe that song). I wish he would have read me the speech beforehand, because it was an outdoor graduation ceremony and I ended up with a horrible sunburn.