If you’re a certain age, the phrase, “let me entertain you” might evoke a certain song.
Anyone hear that tune in their head now?
Let me make you smile.
I was very lucky to have a mother who loved musical theatre and who took the time to share that love with me.
I grew up listening to Rogers & Hammerstein classics like “The Sound of Music”, “South Pacific” and “The King and I.” For years, the songs and the stories they told lived in my head in pure musical form. The only guide I had to the action in the story was the jacket of the record (you know those flat, vinyl relics that you can find in the back of Newbury Comics).
By the time I was ten or eleven, she started taking me to see local productions at colleges and theatres.
I remember “The Pajama Game” (seven and half cents!)
The sun will come out tomorrow – Annie!
Funny Girl – Don’t Rain on My Parade
And my beloved Gypsy. Have an eggroll Mr. Goldstone! My father nearly had a stroke. He thought I was too young for such racy fare!
In fact, I can associate the whole of my childhood to music in one form or another! And not just from theatre. How about Grease?
In junior high and high school, I learned to appreciate movie soundtracks too. Once I had children of my own, Disney had popularized the musical for the big screen again. I had more music for the soundtrack in my head!
Maybe that’s why, when I’m brainstorming, I plug-in my ear buds and listen to songs. So who has half a dozen songs running through their mind now? Did I make you smile? I hope so.
Tell me what music plays to the soundtrack of your life?