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10.30.2007



"We sing to feel a world we can only imagine."


- Mary Gordon, quoting a friend who is an expert on liturgical music, in Circling My Mother: A Memoir

10.26.2007



If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.

- Cicero

Nobel Prize

10.22.2007




















I was excited to learn this past week that Doris Lessing won the Nobel Prize for literature. I need to read The Golden Notebook, which is considered a feminist classic. This quote of hers is one of my favorites:


"With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one - but no one at all - can tell you what to read and when and how."

10.21.2007
























 

Please send me your last pair of shoes, worn out with dancing as you mentioned in your letter, so that I might have something to press against my heart.

~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

the motherload

10.16.2007


















I lost the cord that charges my iPod. And I still want to get an iPod jack in my car. But I'm about to go to Portland this week, which equals six roundtrip hours of silence unless I do something. "But Maryann," you probably aren't asking, "what about all your Jacksons CDs?" Well, they've been getting plenty of playtime, but it's time for something new. And by new, I mean mostly music from the 40s and 50s.

I decided I would make a mix CD of my favorite songs from my favorite musicals--to finally have them all together, gloriously mixed up. Six discs (and counting) later, I am ready for my drive and many more to come. Once the iPod deal comes together, I will make it one big playlist, but until then, here's the list. What did I leave out? What should I have left out? Opinions welcome.

VOL I: "NO NEED TO REMEMBER WHEN!"

1. "Prelude and Sound of Music" by Julie Andrews from The Sound of Music (1965)
2. "Hallelujah!" by Ann Miller, Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds (and more) from Hit the Deck! (1955)
3. "Everything Old is New Again" by Peter Allen from All That Jazz (1979)
4. "June is Bustin' Out All Over" by Claramae Turner from Carousel (1956)
5. "From This Moment On" by Ann Miller, Bobby Van, Tommy Rall, and Bob Fosse from Kiss Me Kate (1953)
6. "Happy Easter" by Fred Astaire from Easter Parade (1948)
7. "There Once Was A Man" by John Raitt and Janis Page from the OBC of Pajama Game
8. "Anything You Can Do" by Judy Garland and Howard Keel (because let's tell Betty Hutton what her mother never could: she was a mistake) from Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
9. "Oklahoma!" by Hugh Jackman and company from the 1998 London Cast Recording of Oklahoma!
10. "I Could Have Danced All Night" by Julie Andrews from the Original London Recording of My Fair Lady
11. "The Lives of Me" by Hugh Jackman from the OBC of The Boy From Oz
12. "Just Leave Everything to Me" by Barbra Streisand from Hello Dolly! (1969)
13. "Maybe This Time" by Liza Minnelli from Cabaret (1972)
14. "Losing My Mind" by Barbara Cook from OBC (maybe?) of Follies
15. "An American in Paris Ballet" by the MGM Orchestra from An American in Paris (1951)
16. "Do You Love Me?" by Zero Mostel and Maria Karnilova from the OBC of Fiddler on the Roof
17. "The Last Supper" by Ted Neeley from Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
18. "A Couple of Swells" by Fred Astaire and Judy Garland from Easter Parade (1948)

VOL II: "I'M GOIN' AS FAR AWAY FROM YONKERS AS A GIRL CAN GET"

1. "So Long Dearie" by Barbra Streisand from Hello Dolly! (1969)
2. "I Want To Go Back to Michigan" by Judy Garland from Easter Parade (1948)
3. "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" by Judy Garland from Harvey Girls (1946)
4. "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" by Hugh Jackman from the 1998 London Cast Recording
5. "There'll Be Some Changes Made" by Ann Reinking from All That Jazz (1979)
6. "Tom, Dick or Harry" by Ann Miller, Bob Fosse, Bobby Van and Tommy Rall from Kiss Me Kate (1953)
7. "What's the Use of Wondrin'" by Shirley Jones from Carousel (1956)
8. "Mein Herr" by Liza Minnelli from Cabaret (1972)
9. "Matchmaker" by Joanna Merlin, Julia Migenes, Milton Greene & Tanya Everett from OBC of Fiddler on the Roof
10. "On the Street Where You Live" by John Michael King from the Original London Recording of My Fair Lady
11. "Maria" from The Sound of Music (1965)
12. "Barn Dance" by MGM Orchestra from Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954)
13. "Heaven On Their Minds" by Carl Anderson from Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
14. "Light My Candle" by Adam Pascal and Rosario Dawson from RENT (2005)
15. "A Piece of Sky" by Barbra Streisand from Yentl (1983)
16. "I Got Rhythm" by Gene Kelly from An American in Paris (1951)
17. "Mr. Monotony" by Judy Garland, an outtake from Easter Parade (1948)
18. "Miracle of Miracles" by Austin Pendleton from OBC of Fiddler on the Roof
19. "Not the Boy Next Door" by Peter Allen by Hugh Jackman from OBC of The Boy From Oz
20. "What Makes the Sunset" by Frank Sinatra from Anchors Aweigh (1945)
21. "Everything's Alright" by Yvonne Elliman, Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson from Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

VOL III: "I LIKE TO SIT RIGHT BESIDE AN UPRIGHT"

1. "Bye Bye Love" by Ben Vereen and Roy Schneider from All That Jazz (1979)
2. "You'll Never Walk Alone" by Judy Garland from Carousel
3. "Wouldn't it Be Loverly" by Julie Andrews and company from Original London Recording of My Fair Lady
4. "I Have Confidence" by Julie Andrews from The Sound of Music (1965)
5. "Vaudville Medley: I Love A Piano/The Ragtime Violin/Snookey Ookums/When the Midnight Choo-choo Leaves Alabam'" by Judy Garland and Fred Astaire from Easter Parade (1948)
6. "Put On Your Sunday Clothes" by Barbra Streisand, Michael Crawford and company from Hello Dolly! (1969)
7. "A Hymn to Him" Rex Harrison from My Fair Lady (1964)
8. "Love is Here to Stay" by Gene Kelly from An American in Paris (1951)
9. "Wilkommen" by Joel Grey from Cabaret (1972)
10. "Something Good" by Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews from The Sound of Music (1965)
11. "Tenefield Saddler" by Hugh Jackman from the OBC of The Boy From Oz
12. "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" by Rex Harrison from My Fair Lady (1964)
13. "Edelweiss" by Christopher Plummer from The Sound of Music (1965)
14. "Without You" by Julie Andrews from the Original London Recording of My Fair Lady
15. "If I Loved You" by Shirley Jones and Gordon McRae from Carousel (1956)
16. "Just Leave Everything to Me" by Barbra Streisand from Hello Dolly! (1969)
17. "Climb Ev'ry Moutain" from by Peggy Wood from The Sound of Music (1965)

VOL IV: "YOU CAN'T PURLOIN A SIRLOIN OR THE BUTCHER WILL PUT YOU IN THE CLINK"

1. "Easter Parade" by Judy Garland from Easter Parade (1948)
2. "It Only Happens When I Dance With You" by Judy Garland from Easter Parade (1948)
3. "Cabaret" by Liza Minnelli from Cabaret (1972)
4. "The Sound of Music" by Christopher Plummer and the Von Trapp children from The Sound of Music (1965)
5. "My Favorite Things" by Julie Andrews from The Sound of Music (1965)
6. "I Remember it Well" by Alfred Drake, Maria Karnilova, and Agnes Moorehead from OBC of Gigi
7. "Dreamgirls" by Beyonce Knowles, Anika Noni Rose, and Jennifer Hudson from Dreamgirls (2006)
8. "Moon River" by Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) (I know it's not a musical. Deal.)
9. "I'm the Greatest Star" by Barbra Streisand from Funny Girl (1968)
10. "I'd Rather Be Blue Over You (Than Happy With Somebody Else)" by Barbra Streisand from Funny Girl (1968)
11. "People" by Barbra Streisand from Funny Girl (1968)
12. "Funny Girl" by Barbra Streisand from Funny Girl (1968)
13. "My Man" by Barbra Streisand from Funny Girl (1968)
14. "Hello Dolly" by Barbra Streisand and Louis Armstrong from Hello Dolly! (1969)
15. "Where is it Written?" by Barbra Streisand from Yentl (1983)
16. "Superstar" by Carl Anderson from Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
17. "It's Not Easy" by Helen Reddy from Pete's Dragon (1977)
18. "Moses" by Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor from Singin' in the Rain (1952)
19. "Your Song" by Ewan McGregor from Moulin Rouge (2001)
20. "Almost Like Being in Love" by Gene Kelly from Brigadoon (1954)
21. "Dig, Dig, Dig for Your Dinner" by Gene Kelly and Phil Silvers from Summer Stock (1950)

VOL V: "A BARBER FOR A BEAU WOULD BE A SOCIAL DISGRACE"

1. "Broadway Rhythm/Broadway Melody" by Gene Kelly from Singin' in the Rain (1952)
2. "Get Happy" by Judy Garland from Summer Stock (1950)
3. "Good Morning!" by Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O'Connor from Singin' in the Rain (1950)
4. "A Step Too Far" by Adam Pascal, Sherie Rene Scott and Heather Headley from the OBC of AIDA
5. "Easy as Life" by Heather Headley from the OBC of AIDA
6. "Brazzle Dazzle Day" by Mickey Rooney and Helen Reddy from Pete's Dragon (1977)
7. "You, Wonderful You" by Gene Kelly and Judy Garland from Summer Stock (1950)
8. "Defying Gravity" by Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth from the OBC of Wicked
9. "I'm Not That Girl" by Idina Menzel from the OBC of Wicked
10. "Not Me" by Adam Pascal, Sherie Rene Scott and Heather Headley from the OBC of AIDA
11. "The Movie in My Mind" by Isay Alvarez, Lea Salonga and company from OBC of Miss Saigon
12. "Be A Clown" by Judy Garland and Gene Kelly from The Pirate (1948)
13. "Strawberry Fields Forever" by Jim Sturgess and Joe Anderson from Across the Universe (2007)
14. "The Trolley Song" by Judy Garland from Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
15. "As Long As You're Mine" by Idina Menzel and Norbert Leo Butz from the OBC of Wicked
16. "Candle on the Water" by Helen Reddy from Pete's Dragon (1977)
17. "For Me and My Gal" by Judy Garland and Gene Kelly from For Me and My Gal (1942)
18. "Begin the Beguine" by MGM Orchestra and chorus from Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)

VOL VI: "COME YE FROM THE LOOM!"

1. "You're Awful" by Justin Hayford from On the Town
2. "One Day More" company from the OBC of Les Miserables
3. "On My Own" by Frances Ruffelle from the OBC of Les Miserables
4. "A Little Fall of Rain" by Frances Ruffelle and David Bryant from the OBC of Les Miserables
5. "Down on MacConnachy Square" by MGM Orchestra and chorus from Brigadoon (1954)
6. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" by Madonna from EVITA (1996)
7. "You Must Love Me" by Madonna from EVITA (1996)
8. "Elephant Love Medley" by Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor from Moulin Rouge (2001)
9. "Goodbye Love" by Rosario Dawson from RENT (2005)
10. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" by T.V. Carpio from Across the Universe (2007)
11. "Seasons of Love" by the OBC of RENT
12. "Send in the Clowns" by Barbra Streisand from A Little Night Music
13. "You'll Never Walk Alone" by Barbra Streisand from Carousel
14. "Don't Rain on My Parade" by Barbra Streisand from Funny Girl (1968)
15. "Singin' in the Rain" by Gene Kelly from Singin' in the Rain (1952)
16. "Bonjour, Paris!" by Kay Thompson, Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn from Funny Face (1957)
17. "Clap Yo' Hands" by Kay Thompson and Fred Astaire from Funny Face (1957)
18. "Funny Face" by Fred Astaire from Funny Face (1957)
19. "On How to Be Lovely" by Kay Thompson and Audrey Hepburn from Funny Face (1957)
20. "Overture/Funny Face/Think Pink!" by Kay Thompson and MGM Orchestra from Funny Face (1957)

That's 115 songs from 45 musicals.

Don't worry (as I'm sure you were), volume VII is sure to feature sorely missing songs from Phantom of the Opera, On the Town, High Society, West Side Story and The Music Man.

I wonder if I could be a musical theater librarian?



















With a collection like this, the sun's in my heart and I'm ready for love.

"What does [dancing] feel like?" asked the King.

10.14.2007



"Funny," said the Red Cow. "And yet," she paused, as if choosing her words, "it's rather a pleasant feeling too. As if laughter were running up and down inside me."

- Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers