Welcome to the first installment of Monday M*A*S*H Discussions, a new blog feature I’m testing out. As I announced last week, after reviewing 251 episodes of M*A*S*H, I’m ready for a break from the grind of weekly reviews. So, rather than immediately starting to review AfterMASH, instead I’ll be posting discussion questions relating to M*A*S*H every Monday for the next eight weeks.
I want to kick off these discussions with something fun. Not something that may pit lifelong, diehard fans against one another.
Today’s topic: What’s the best musical moment from M*A*S*H?
Funny vs. Poignant
There are a lot of musical moments to consider. Some funny, some poignant. For funny, I’m partial to Hawkeye, Trapper, and Margaret drunkenly singing “Come on in, take off your skin, and rattle around in your bones” halfway through “Alcoholics Unanimous.”
You can’t discuss funny musical moments without talking quite a bit about “Movie Tonight” and the many verses of “Gee, Ma, I Wanna Go Home.” With the exception of Frank’s verse, they’re all funny to some degree.
The camp singing “Dona Nobis Pacem” near the end of “Dear Sis” is perhaps the most emotional musical moment of M*A*S*H for me, personally. Although, having recently watched “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen,” I have to admit the POWs performing Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet as they’re driven away from the 4077th and from Charles certainly packs an emotional wallop. I also think the somber rendition of the M*A*S*H theme heard at the end of “Abyssinia, Henry” is very moving.
My hope is these Monday M*A*S*H Discussion topics will spark significant debate in the comments each week. So, think about which musical moment from M*A*S*H you consider the very best. Can you pick just one? Do you have to chose a funny musical moment and a second, poignant musical moment? Hit the comments with your thoughts.