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The BBC's Olympics London 2012 Final Montage ft: Emeli Sande's Imagine:

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Published on Aug 15, 2012

Another fantastic sequence of video clips from the masters of the video montage. The action is beautiful edited and the narrative and exposition skilfully delivered. I usual find myself heaping praise - with an almost universal approval - on these amazing montages, which are often done at short notice. However, on this occasion I praise but not without some lingering reservations. Mainly because of the song choice...

Read full post at Englistics Blog http://wp.me/pPrUU-EH or summary here...

The thing the BBC seem to be forgetting in all this is the montage was primarily meant for home consumption. Imagine even sung by excellent Emeli's Sande has a sad tone. It may speak of happy outcomes but the tone and timbre of the song is melancholy. There is love of pathos at the BBC (and perhaps in the UK at large?) and the end of the event always did have the possibility to feel like a bereavement. Didn't recessionary Britain deserve an optimistic ending... ?

There are many candidates a repeat of "Always look on the bright side" by Monty Python which gives a realistic view of life but by its humour is tinged with an optimism. Perhaps not epic enough? Well what about any number of classical sweeps. Then there is "Don't you forget about me" by Simply Minds to emphaise the legacy element. And then we could consider the long list of tracks used during the events. "We are the Champions" or "When I ruled the world" by Coldplay.

I think the miss could have been M People's "Search for the hero inside yourself". It references much sporting endeavour including Euro 96 and sends a legacy message. One that we can all respond to.

What would your choice have been, this or something more uplifting and tad less utopian? Challenging and reflective is good but did the melancholy tone help encourage the aspiration to improve or just act to put full stop on the celebration and the party?

Answer here or direct your selections to englistics at Twitter

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