(a photo of me optimistically getting a bit of practice in for when I get to walk the high wire)

‘It ain’t over till the fat lady sings’ is (according to Wiki) ‘a colloquialism which is often used as a proverb. It means that one should not presume to know the outcome of an event which is still in progress. More specifically, the phrase is used when a situation is (or appears to be) nearing its conclusion’. Optimism by any other name.

My random thought on ‘optimism’ is that it’s over-rated and generally ends in tears. Plan for the worst and if the worst doesn’t happen then you’ve got yourself a result.

Example. I’m sat in the stand at a football match. My team is 3-0 down and we’re in the last minute of time added on. Sat behind me is a bloke with his young son. The son asks his dad, “We can still win can’t we?” His dad replies, “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings”.  To win we need 4 goals in 60 seconds without conceding. Impossible. Obviously we lost. The kid asks, “Who’s the fat lady?” Dad replies, “Some opera singer I think”. False optimism.

The opera bit of the conversation caused me to think of the operatic singer in the band ‘Within Temptation’. I rate this band. Sharon den Adel is the lead vocalist (what a voice) with this symphonic metal band. If you don’t know them here’s a taster; the nearly optimistic song ‘Our Solemn Hour’;

Staying on subject, I took a photo this morning of this road sign (below). I optimistically presumed she must be the patron saint of dyslexics everywhere. When I checked her out on Google I discovered she isn’t a patron saint of anything. Saint Eanswythe (aka Eanswide) was an Anglo Saxon princess who sometimes turned into a fish. I found it odd that she chose to turn into a fish. Once again ‘optimism’ let me down. I am a fully-fledged (have the certificate) dyslexic, by the way.


Here’s one of my compositions, ‘Shout at Newsreels’.  The title speaks for itself. I hope you enjoy;


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  1. Speaking of signs, I was driving through the countryside for some reason or other and passed a farm with a long driveway to the county highway. At the base of the driveway was a small sign: “Keep Out.” In front of the sign was an elderly lady, shoulders hunched, in a teal cat sweatshirt, sunglasses, and purse. She moved her head like a turtle, from sign to farm and back.
    What on earth was that lady doing in the middle of the countryside? Was the sign meant just for her? and if someone *really* wants to keep someone out, wouldn’t they get a more impressive sign?

    Oh, and this is a good song, by the by. You’ve a nice vocal build with the subtle rhythm here. 🙂


  2. Haha…I agree. I especially don’t like it when people are pushy about preaching optimism and tell you to “think positive” no matter what. You know what, sometimes it’s okay to be sad or angry. All these human emotions are valid. I loathe “mandatory optimism”.


    1. Optimism is over-rated I agree. It’s people who say, ‘there’s no such thing as a problem; there are only challenges’ that depresses me – plus the fact they’ve got it wrong!


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