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Friday, January 10, 2014

A Little Music Magic

For the new year I got to go watch "Saving Mr. Banks." I loved the film and it reminded me of the masterminds behind all of the great music in "Mary Poppins." For the Sherman brothers it was their first major job, but it wouldn't be their last. They've contributed music to movies, television and even the stage.

Growing up I never knew who these men were but I have loved many of the movies that their work has been a part of. I discovered a wonderful documentary on these two a couple of years back, "The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story", I highly recommend it to any Disney fan. It gives a lot of great insight to these two great song writers, who by the way are the evil geniuses behind "It's a Small World." Yes that overly cheery, get stuck in your head song that everyone knows was there doing.

Since I have been humming there work for a little over a week now, I've decided to share another top ten list with you all. So for your listening pleasure I give to you my top ten favorite Sherman brother songs..... I didn't mean to but they all ended up being Disney works....

10: "The Ugly Bug Ball" from "Summer Magic"

This silly little number it brought to life by none other than Burl Ives. I'll admit I've never actually watched "Summer Magic" but this song was on one of my Disney Classics albums and always stood out as a fun silly song. It's easy to find yourself singing along and is simple to learn the words to. Though I kinda prefer the sing-a-long song video better than the movie clip since it's played with clips from a Disney Silly Symphony "Woodland Cafe" mixed in, but for this I wanted to stick to the original format.

9: "Feed the Birds" from "Mary Poppins"

Richard Sherman said that is was Walt Disney's favorite song. As a kid I always got bored at this part of the movie, but over the years it has truly grown on me. Any more it is very hard for me to not tear up a bit whenever I hear it. When they played a raw version of it in "Saving Mr. Banks" I seriously almost started crying. It just tugs at your heart.

8: "The Beautiful Briny Sea" from "Bedknobs and Broomsticks"

This scene was what made me love "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" as a kid, and it remains one of my favorite Disney sequences still. It was originally written for "Mary Poppins" but cut for story continuity. It found the light of day though in this movie as a great transition before the main characters find their way to the main land of this animated world. I love all of the fish, and the dancing lobsters the most.

7: "I Wanna be Like You" from "The Jungle Book"

"The Jungle Book" was the last animated film to personally have Walt Disney's direction. This is another song that you just can't help singing a long to. You can't go wrong with upbeat fun in animated classics. This isn't one of my favorite Disney films, but I did always love the music from it. I like Louie better on Tale Spin though....

6: "Let's Get Together" from "The Parent Trap"

This song is probably the main reason I like "The Parent Trap." It's just so catchy and peppy. I love it.  Plus it always blew my mind a bit that this was Miss Bliss from "Saved by the Bell" when she was younger. I'll take the Hayley Mills version over the Lindsay Lohan remake any day... though I'll admit the remake wasn't bad.

5: "The Monkey's Uncle" from "The Monkey's Uncle"

How can you go wrong with Annette Funicello and The Beach Boys? This is another one that I've never watched but my Disney Classics albums put it in my Disney library. It's got that classic 60's beach rock that you can't help to tap your foot or bob your head to.

4: "Jolly Holiday" from "Mary Poppins"

This was always the part in "Mary Poppins" that I looked forward to the most as a kid. I've always been a sucker for animation and naturally the sings attached are ingrained into my mind.  Dick Van Dyke said that he loved doing this part of the film because his first love was mime and working with animated characters the experience was quite similar.

3: "Let's Go Fly a Kite" from "Mary Poppins"

This is just a feel good song. It makes you want to sing a long and skip with a big smile plastered on your face. It's test segment in "Saving Mr. Banks" hand me grinning from ear to ear, and tears streaming down my cheeks at the same time. Because of that I have to share both the original and newer clips with you.

2: "Chim Chim Cheree" from "Mary Poppins"

This is the one that I can't stop singing. I won't be doing anything in particular and I'll just start humming or singing it. There's a reason it won an Oscar. Now let's all sing-a-long this time.... cause I'm gonna any way.

1: "The Age of Not Believing" from "Bedknobs and Broomsticks"

I know, I know it's not what you may have been expecting, but this is my favorite Sherman brother song. I find it to be inspiring whenever I'm in a creative rut. I think that everyone has gone though a stage of giving up on dreams but it's something that doesn't have to be left behind. This song makes me cry because it strikes the heart and soul, but it's those same reasons that I know it by heart and love it.

There you have my personal favorite works of these two artist. They may have worked in the shadows, but their creations are well know by many.

Left: Robert B. Sherman 1925-2012   Right: Richard M. Sherman 1928 - present
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