Monday, December 12, 2016

My Favorite Things

One of my all-time favorite movies is “The Sound of Music.”

I have loved it since the fay I was strongly built and until today, it is like a fresh breath of air. Time has not changed the tide of love that flurries through my body when I see Julie Andrews walking across each scene doing what she did so beautifully. I guess my love for music falls in line with hearing her song the Do-Re-Mi song. Her singing lured me in and I never miss an opportunity when it is on television to let the hills come alive with the sound of music in my home.

So, when the opportunity to sing the song live came about, you can imagine how many times I had to brush the tears from my eyes to face the audience and sing “My Favorite Things.”

“My Favorite Things” is a tune by Rogers & Hammerstein from 1959 which was originally written for their play, “The Sound of Music.”The main character from the play, Maria, loved raindrops and roses and whiskers on kittens. I don’t like kittens so much but the stuffed kitten animals are cute. 

I do love roses though. You should know that on almost every stage that I sung on in Russia, somebody from the audience gave me a beautiful bouquet of roses and it was such a beautiful and welcoming thing for me that kept me smiling in the beautiful, distant place, for miles around.

Maria loved bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens. I love bright copper kettles because I am a tea lover and try to have a spot of tea daily. I love woolen mittens and wish I had some when I was in Russia because it was cold. But at least I had gloves. Maybe I’ll get some for the NYC winter that has suddenly embraced us. I mean it is December.

Maria love brown paper packages tied up with strings and I love the strings of a bass guitar that seem to enhance the sound of music, when you listen to it; especially when it is live. She loved girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes. I love my nephews in anything they wear and in whatever they do because they are such cute young gentlemen with so much promise. I also love hearing my mother sing and when my father comes out of nowhere and compliments some aspect of my music. I love when my older sister invites me somewhere and when my younger sister sends me leads that might help me with my music. 

You can probably tell that most of my favorite things involve music. Like for instance, I love listening to frank Sinatra sing and I love to listen to Grover Washington Jr’s music. I love poinsettias and I love singing Christmas carols.

“My Favorite Things” has become a song that many refer to as a tune for the holidays. I love John Coltrane’s version and can’t resist enjoying Betty Carter’s rendition. For just one moment, I hope that you will stop and indulge in my rendition, as I performed it live with the Medgar Evers Jazz Ensemble at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY.  Here is the link: https://youtu.be/Q9NLJ6w2LXE


Today's post is dedicated to Frank Sinatra and Grover Washington Jr; two fellow sagges who celebrate their birthdays this week.  As I rambled about some of my favorite things, I am interested in hearing about some of yours. Would you please leave a comment and share those things that make your heart flutter with me? 


Thank you so much for reading my blogpost and from my heart to yours, happy holidays. 

38 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful song! One of my very favorites for this time of year! :) My favorite things include wine, chocolate, and snuggles with my cats...and husband. lol ;)

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  2. This is one of my favorite songs and you nailed it! I I can't sing at all, but I love music and this song will be in my head the rest of the day - and that's a good thing!

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    1. Well that is a good thing because this is a great song. LOL!

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  3. I've actually only seen about half of the Sound of Music. I remember my parents would watch it on tv, but it was on so late that I always fell asleep before the end.

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    1. I watched it last night. Still one of my favorite movies.

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  4. The sound of Music is one of our favorite movies of all time. Classic that will be around every year I hope.

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  5. This is such a cute song review, with info! I also am a huge fan of this movie, it still brings joy to me after almost 50 years!

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  6. The thing that makes my heart flutter the most is an adventure to a new place with my love by my side. There's nothing like it.

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  7. I absolutely love the Sound of Music. It has been one of my favorites since I was a little girl!

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  8. I have always liked The Sound of Music. I bet mittens would have been great in Russia. I know someone who traveled through Russia and they said it was cold!

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    1. Maybe I do need some mittens. Yeah it's cold there.

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  9. I love the sound of Music!! I need to watch it with my daughter she is old enough to see it but I haven't watched it with her!

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  10. The sound of music is such a fabulous movie/production. Your cover turned out beautifully, well done.

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  11. I love sound of music too and remember playing maria in our high school play. = )

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  12. This is indeed a great song that I remember hearing when I was younger. The thing that makes my heart flutter this time of year is the sound of the Christmas Carols. Thanks for sharing your loves and the song.

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  13. The Sound of Music is my all time favorite too. I still sing "Doe, a deer, a female deer..." all the time!

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  14. Love your beautiful voice and love this song ! I am also a huge Sound of Music fan.

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  15. If I had to pick a favorite rendition of this song, it would be Lori Morgan's. I am a country music fan, anyway and I love country renditions of Christmas songs.

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    1. Oh I do too. Country is nice. I still can't believe a student picked to sing "Coats of Many Colors" for the holiday show. That should be interesting.

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  16. I love all of the similarities you and Maria have! You have such a beautiful voice - you covered the song perfectly!

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  17. You have a beautiful voice. This songs always puts me in the holiday mood.

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  18. I love the sound of music as well as the movie itself. I remember Lady Gaga once sang it in a TV show and she nailed it.

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