Whenever I hear the song "Singin' in the Rain" or watch the old movie with Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O'Conner, I remember the documentary I watched with my boys many, many years ago. (I think the eldest was about 12 at the time, the youngest was 8.) It showed how things seen on television and in movies are often illusions.
So what does this have to do with the movie "Singin' in the Rain"? Well...at the time this classic movie was filmed, water was one of those things that could not be captured on film (I think this has changed with new technology, but don't quote me on this.). For this classic song and dance, milk was added to the water so it could be seen. Gene Kelly was actually Singin' in the MILK.
Now this interesting fact impressed my 3 sons.... who were all avid fans of musicals (and not one of them can sing worth two cents!) For months, they would go around the house singing..."I'm singing in the MILK, just singing in the Milk. What a glorious feeling, I'm happy ___" (they could not think of a word to rhyme with "milk" so they just garbled something) and trying to recreate the dance scene. These truly WISE GUYS actually
Oh the joys of motherhood.....