Thursday, June 10, 2010

Then you'll see roses in the snow. Joi de vivre will make them grow...

Heigh-ho! Hello everybody! It seems as though I'm often explaining about my negligence in posting, tardiness in commenting. I apologize for my lack of discipline lately. Work has been crazy. I'm generally working 45-50 hours, at least that's how it's been the past few weeks, and I'm barely getting my movie-watching in, let alone my blog posting! But I'm working to redeem that right now. I cleaned my room tonight, which is a step in the right direction. And this past week I had an unusual opportunity to sit in a quiet room for 4 hours at a time (I was proctoring) several times a week, so I wrote several blog posts. It's all very exciting, I just have to get these posts from paper to blogger and I have to add photos and find videos and whatnot. But, I'm working on it. Work in progress. In the meantime, I want to continue with my segment posts. Tonight, I'm due for a spotlight on a musical number, so here we go...

There are some incredibly famous composer teams in movie history: Rodgers and Hammerstein, Rodgers and Hart, Gershwin and Gershwin, Gilbert and Sullivan... but one of my all-time favorite writing duos ever has got to be the Sherman brothers: Richard and Robert.

Those guys were geniuses, no way around it. They wrote some of the most recognizable songs and a great deal of the classic Disney numbers: "It's a Small World," "In the Tiki-Tiki-Tiki Room," "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow," and the songs from The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, The Parent Trap, That Darn Cat, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh, and, of course, Mary Poppins... and much, much more! They were brilliant. So, today, I'd like to feature one of their less known songs, one from In Search of the Castaways, called "Enjoy It!" This was written for Maurice Chevalier (who also worked with their father) and it's one of my favorites of his (and theirs). This song makes me happy every time I hear it.

By the way, I absolutely must see the documentary about them. I just now discovered it. It will happen. I'm a little nervous by its description as "heartbreaking" and "moving" but I'll brace myself accordingly. I've become a bit of a fangirl for them and I'm determined to learn as much as possible about them.


  1. What a lovely song! Haha I can never understand a word Maurice Chevalier says though! I adore the Sherman brothers, particularly their work on Mary Poppins!

  2. Ohmigosh, I love this song! So glad you posted about it too, because In Search of the Castaways was one of my favorite movies that I haven't seen in years! I agree, they are geniuses, for sure.


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