3/8/2012 11:49 AM
Hello again, readers! Can you believe it's almost time to "spring" forward once again and return to longer days? Before we know it, we'll be sitting outside for the TUTS summer show out at Miller Outdoor Theatre! This past week has been a tad bittersweet for me. Just as I was discovering a new movie called Saving Mr. Banks, which tells the story of Walt Disney trying desperately hard for fourteen years to obtain the rights to Mary Poppins, I also learned of Robert Sherman's passing on Monday at the age of 86. The name may not ring a bell, but his music set shaped and molded the philosophy of my life!
Mr. Sherman, along with his younger brother Richard, were a songwriting duo who wrote all the music to Mary Poppins and several other Disney films such as Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. (They also wrote the world famous song It's A Small World and Winnie The Pooh!) Had it not been for their music, I never would have known that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down; you'll receive good luck when you shake hands with a chimney sweep; supercalifragilisticexpialidocious actually is the perfect word to say when you don't know what to say; and there are life lessons to be learned by feeding birds. It may sound trivial and simple, but that is exactly the kind of man Robert Sherman was. Simple, yet extremely complex as displayed in his many lyrics.
Tony-winning tunesmith Marc Shaiman shares the same sentiments as I when he said: "Along with his brother Richard, Robert Sherman is completely responsible for teaching me the power of song. I learned everything I will ever need to know from listening to my Mary Poppins soundtrack album as a child, both as a songwriter and as a caring human being. Robert Sherman is a legend to me and countless others, and the news of his passing is a blow to the child in all of us."
I'd like to end this blog entry by sending out a "Thank you, Mr. Sherman" into the universe and say my favorite word backwards just like his song taught me to: Dociousaliexplisticfragicalirepus.
Do you have a favorite song written by the Sherman brothers? Did a song ever change your life like the ones from Mary Poppins did for me?
Until next time,
1 comments so far...
By fefe on
3/19/2012 9:01 AM
Re: Everything I Know About Life I Learned From Listening To Mary Poppins
Love this post Ms. Thea!!!