By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large
Our new city council’s first big night is tomorrow, Monday, Dec. 1.
It’s the night of the inaugural meeting.
The mayor-elect and councillors-elect become, well, “official” in their positions. It will be a grand night for all.
And one thing for sure: It will be a harmonious night.
If it had a theme song, chances are it would be: We’re All In This Together.
Actually, I’d thought about Together Forever, Rick Astley’s ditty. But nah. You know how politicians can be. Together Forever might be asking a little too much. Just a little.
Together Forever might be good as a theme song for two or three weeks. Okay, okay, I won’t be so cynical, let’s say …. two months of Together Forever. I’m not being mean-spirited, I wish the new mayor and the councillors nothing but the best in their term of office. I’m just trying, you might say, to orchestrate a bit of humour.
After a while, I got to thinking. What other tunes might apply to municipal politics in Welland as weeks turn into months and months turn into years. Four years! That’s a long stretch for people to try and work together, harmoniously. Discordant notes are bound to pop up. Off-key comments are sure to be made.
So I came up with a list of song titles that could be used as theme songs at one time or another during the four-year life of our council. If things unfold as they have in the past, I think this is a pretty good play list:
We’re Havin’ A Party;
We’ve Only Just Begun;
The Best Is Yet To Come;
The Impossible Dream;
Together We Can Get It Done;
I’m A Believer;
Stand By Me;
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction;
You Can’t Always Get What You Want;
We Can Work It Out;
Whatever Will Be Will Be;
Bridge Over Troubled Water;
You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling;
Bye Bye Love;
Time To Say Goodbye.
That’s a short list playlist. No doubt there are hundreds of other theme titles that could fit in over the next four years. But as my Top 20 theme song list, these tunes rock!
(A former reporter and city editor, Joe Barkovich lives in his hometown Welland, Ontario, Canada’s Rose City. Laughing Matters is a new feature on the blog, watch for it on weekends.)