Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off – Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald … The scripts were funny, and they nailed the educational part, and I owe all that to the guidance of Professor John Douglass, who taught me how to tell a good story.
Life Savers Girl *– Orchestra
Maharanee *– Howard McGillin, Stephanie Pope
Mar De La Virgen Bonita– Simón Díaz con La Rondalla Venezolana … I guess I must have sounded good because at the end of my number I got a standing ovation. Oh, who the fuck am I kidding? I’m certain I sounded glorious.
My Favorite Things– Julie Andrews … This makes Miss Andrews sixth appearance on the list. I don’t know how that happened, considering that she’s never been one of my favourite things.
I have always loved this song. As with any Jerry Herman song, there’s enough material to write a short story. It is one of Herman’s most famous songs. I’d be willing to bet that, even if you’re not into musicals, you’ve hummed the first bars of this ditty at some point in your life.
Based on Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker”, “Hello, Dolly” tells the story of Dolly Levi, a widow whose favourite pastime is to meddle in people’s lives. One day she decides to stop mourning her late husband and return to the cheerful life she once had.
Hello, Dolly– Barbra Streisand … Funnily enough, nobody ever mentions, La Streisand being too young to play Walter Matthau’s love interest, she was only too young to play Dolly.
I Want To Be Happy – Jack Gifford, Susan Watson, Ruby Keeler … Why would an old man sing that to a young girl? Maybe, that kind of relationship between a legal guardian and his ward was common in the 1920s, but not now.
I’m Still Here– Yvonne De Carlo
In The Still Of The Night * – Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd
It’s a Wrap, I Found a Dream– Michelle Williams, Lang Lang
Join the Circus– Jim Dale, Original Broadway Cast … I told them my story about wanting to run away with them. They reminded me that they were not a circus and that the people who joined their organization did it for the love of singing.
The King and I: Finale Ultimo– Ben Kingsley, Julie Andrews, Edmund Kingsley, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, John Mauceri, Mevina Liufau, The Los Angeles Master Chorale
Candy– Johnny Mercer, Jo Stafford & The Pied Pipers
Candy belongs to a group of songs that I discovered in the early 1990s, mostly through Time’s “Your Hit Parade Series, The War Years”. The song was also featured in the movie “Bugsy” which it is perhaps where I listened to it for the first time.
I’ve always been intrigued with the melancholy that varnishes this song. I guess that by trying to make it a romantic ballad, the arranger ended up with a sad tune. However, the reason could be that most likely this is a song about lovers separated by war. Whichever the case may be, I think it is one of the prettiest songs from that era.
Candy – Johnny Mercer, Jo Stafford & The Pied Pipers
City Lights – Liza Minnelli … The four of us lived happily for a few years in a row house on Capitol Hill until Miss Täche, a socialist lesbian cat, came to live with us.
Dancin’ – Olivia Newton-John, The Tubes
Drums In My Heart – Philip Chaffin … During those days, when I finally step into the light I feel so joyful, happy to be alive and content to be part of the human race again.
Feelings You’ve Got To Hide – Emily Skinner, Alice Ripley
Finale B (No Day But Today) – Rent Original Broadway Cast … 1997 was the year I was obsessed with “Rent”, the musical. I had seen the Tony award and Pulitzer Prize winner show twice and thought it was perhaps the most important show of the 1990s.
H-A-P-P-Y; We’ll Take A Glass Together – David Jackson, Danny Strayhorn, Michael Jeter, Brent Barrett, Ensemble
(I’m a Dreamer) Aren’t We All– Johnny Gale & Little Isidore
Being a dreamer. When is a good time to wake up and deal with the real world?
I’m not entirely sure how this song ended up on the list. First time I heard it was a few months ago when I bought the “Boardwalk Empire” album. I’m pretty sure it was a younger part of me who felt attracted to this song.
(I’m a Dreamer) Aren’t We All – Johnny Gale & Little Isidore… I used to consider myself a dreamer, actually, I still have dreams; I just don’t label myself as such anymore.
Almanaque – Soledad Bravo
All Of You – Frank Sinatra
Along Came Bialy – Nathan Lane, Madeleine Doherty, Jennifer Smith, Kathy Fitzgerald, Matthew Broderick, Brad Oscar, Cady Huffman, Gary Beach, Roger Bart, Ensemble … George W. Bush had been elected appointed the 43rd President of the United States, and the idea of the Federal Government recognising same-sex couples, or even de-facto partnerships for that matter, seemed far away.
The Beautiful Land – Ensemble
The Best Things In Life Are Free – June Allyson, Peter Lawford … When you get to my age, you wish your share of the moon and the stars had any value so you can add it to your retirement fund.
Ferryboat Serenade (La Piccinina) – The Andrews Sisters
I haven’t owned a car in 12 years. I simply don’t like driving, never did. Unlike my brother, who started driving at 14, I didn’t show any desire for driving when I was growing up. As a matter of fact, I waited until I turned 20 to get my driver’s licence. Several factors played a role in me getting my permit then. First, my university schedule became very erratic, and I found hard finding a ride to and fro the university, which was 45 minutes away from the city. Second, my parents thought I was getting too old to depend on them to ferry me around the city, or all the way to the university. Third, and I think this was the deal breaker, my musical taste. My brother and sister didn’t want me to tag along with them and play my music during the 45-minute-long ride to the university campus. I know, how can someone’s exquisite taste in music have him kicked out of a car ride? That’s unheard of.