A to Z 2019. A Reflection on 10 things about my Sherman Shuffle.

I’ve just recently come back from a blogging hiatus. After more than 26 posts in April, I decided I needed a bit of a break. Click here to see an index of my A to Z posts from 2019. The index didn’t write itself, So I was doing a little blog related work in my hiatus,

Thing 1: The A to Z challenge helped me remember things I love about blogging. My first foray into blogging was reading a blog called Outwalking by Steve West. When I first read it , I didn’t know what a blog was and it wasn’t until later when I started blogging in 2009 that I realized Out Walking was a blog. What I like most about blogging is discovery. The first post I remember reading on Steve’s blog was a review of the movie Once. That post helped me discover a movie , musicians, later a musical and even an island. (The Island existed, I just didn’t know about it until I went to see the musical).

Participating in the A to Z challenge this year did help me discover many new people, places and things. This was a little nostalgic for me, as one of my themes in a previous a to z challenge had been nouns. I think this year I really did enjoy reading other peoples blogs as much as if not more than I did preparing my own. And I loved preparing my own.

Thing 2: Posting about the Sherman Brothers non stop in the month of April helped me remember things I loved about growing up. good thing I

To say that life is much different now than it was in the 1970’s goes without saying. It’s a good thing I’m typing it. Many of the Sherman compositions were songs Idiscoverd and or adored growing up. Winnie The Pooh, Charlie Brown, Charlottes Web, these were common place for me. Remembering listening to theses songs on 8 track long before I knew who the Sherman Brothers were brought piles of memories back into the forefront of my mind. I’m not sure If I didn’t stumble upon Snoopy Come Home on Hulu in March, If I ever would have remembered singing The Best of Buddies as a bath time ritual and I certainly would have not known it’s actual title or the authors/composers of the piece.

Thing 3: Posting about The Sherman Brothers made me astoundingly aware of this legendary songwriting team.

I knew of the Sherman’s work prior to this year. I knew of their work on Mary Poppins and Winnie The Pooh. I had no idea of really how prolific they were. As previously mentioned, I didn’t know about their non Diseny work on Charlotte’s Web or Snoopy Come Home. There is so much of their work I was unfamiliar with.

I am interrupting this paragraph to say that in the last 15 minutes I have discovered that the Sherman Brother’s wrote You’re 16 (You’re beautiful and your mine) in 1960. When I googled the Sherman Brothers and hit what songs did the Sherman Brothers write sure enough they were credited with writing the song that would eventually become a number one hit for Ringo Starr in 1973. That means that the duo wrote music performed not only by the Beach Boys (The Monkey’s Uncle) but also by the Drummer of the Beatles. Pretty Amazing! There are propably still songs that I know of out there that I didn’t know the Sherman Brother’s association with.

Thing 4: I showed remarkable restraint on a common mistake.

All A to Z challenge announcements this year centered on this being the 10th anniversary of the Challenge. IT WAS NOT!

Consider this excerpt from teh A to Z website:

 It all began with my post from Saturday March 27, 2010 when I set forth a challenge to all bloggers for the month of April.   Can you post every day except Sundays during this month?  And to up the bar, can you blog thematically from A to Z?

http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/what-is-blogging-from-to-z.html

 If the first A to Z challene began in 2010 this was it’s 9th anniversary. What it accuaratley was was the 10th annual a to z challenge, March 27 2020 will mark the 10th anniversary of the challenge and April ist will commence the 11th annual challenge.

For 26 entries I held my tongue, as I did not think that was the time to point it out. That being said, If the 11th anniversary is announced a year early next year I probably will mention it sooner than I did this year.

Thing 5: Less is always not easier.

My A yo Z challenge entries stuck pretty much to a basic format, which I tweaked a little from week to week. My posts would always include the name of the song, the movie or television program the song appeared in, the year it was made, a video of the song and the ltrics from the song. There was not a lot more content than that.

This did not necessarily mean it was less time consuming than writing a regular blog post that contained more copy. Linking videos and other materials to my posts is not my strong suit and actually more time consuming than just producing words. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it was worth the extra work but doing this times 26 in a monthly period could be fatiguing sometimes.

This leads to Thing 6: Did I cheat?

I had a conversation with a school principal on a substitute teaching assignment today and she commented that I am a very proactive person. I had just said goodbye to her for the Summer even though I’m scheduled to be back at her school later this week. I told her I was saying goodbye just in case we missed each other that day. Thus, the comment on proactivity.

I tended to be very proactive with the A to Z challenge and wrote many of my posts a week in advance and then scheduled them to post at about 5:30 am the day they were due. This is where I began to wonder if I was cheating. If the purpose of the A to Z challenge is to actually write a blog post every day (except most Sundays) than I didn’t really do that. I produced a post for each letter of the alphabet, to be sure. However, writing 3 to 4 posts at a time when I had time was really the secret to my success.

Thing 7: Best comments came from a non A to Z Post

10 years ago on April 7, 2019. My youngest brother Keoth passed away. This was on a Sunday, so no A to Z post was needed. I wrote a brief post commemorating his passing, 2 participants from the A to Z challenge John Holton and J-Dubs both wrote encouraging comments that I really appreciated.”

Thing 8: A theme park within a theme. Park I

I did quite a bit of research on the Sherman Brothers for last month’s spectacular. Much of what I found blew me away. The Sherman’s wrote many songs for attractions at Disney World and Disney Land. They also wrote a song for the New York Worlds Fair in 1964 that has since become the most performed song in the world. It’s a small world, but that still is quite a distinction.

Thing 9: A Theme Park within a theme. Park II

One place I never expected to see the Sherman Brothers was in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Univierse). Yet Robert Sherman did write a song that to date has appeared 2 MCU films (Iron Man2 andCaptain America: First Avenger). The song is called Make Way for Tomorrow Today and sounds like it could also have been in the 1964 World’s Fair. I think this is on purpose as the Howard Stark character is in many ways like Walt Disney himself. The Shermans also wrote a similar tune for the World’s fair called There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.

Thing 10

Sherman on my mind.

Most every morning during the A to Z fun fest, I woke up singing a Sherman song. Not always the song I was posting that day. Just a random Sherman, some of them ones I hadn’t even been posting about. I guess this was one of the many wasy that April A to Z permeated through by being during the merry month of April.

Sherman Brothers A to Z: Zis for Zuckerman’s Favorite Pig (Q is for Quintessential) *M*is*for*mono*person*multi*track*

The Word for today is quinteseential. I know that I have already used Q for Quintessential earlier in the A to Z Challenge when referring to Jolly Holiday. While Jolly Holiday is a perfect example of a Sherman Brother’s tune. Zuckerman’s famous pig is an ideal example of a barber shop quartet song. I’m not sure why, but I’m a big fan of one person multi-tracks so here is one for ZFP.

earlier in the A to Z Challenge when referring to Jolly Holiday. While Jolly Holiday is a perfect example of a Sherman Brother’s tune. Zuckerman’s famous pig is an ideal example of a barber shop quartet song. I’m not sure why, but I’m a big fan of one person multi-tracks so here is one for ZFP.

He’s…some pig…some pig

Some terrific, radiant, humble pig

He is some pig

Oh wow look at him now Zuckerman’s famous pig

Sooey, what do you see

The greatest hog in history

Fine swine wish he was mine

What if he’s not so big

He’s some terrific, radiant, humble

Thingamajig of a fine phenomenon

My land isn’t it grand

Zuckerman’s famous pig

Golly, you got to agree

He’s a real celebrity

Fine swine, wish he was mine

What if he’s not so big?

He’s some terrific radiant, humble

Thingamajig pig

The terrific….radiant…

(Humble x2)

Zuckerman’s x5

Zuckerman’s famous pig


https://the-sherman-brothers.fandom.com/wiki/Zuckerman%27s_Famous_Pig

It has been a real pleasure to crank out a month’s worth of Sherman songs. I’ll be back soon with a Sherman sign-off. for more A to z blogs just click

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Sherman Brothers A to Z: Y is for You Two (P is for Penultimate) *C*is*for*Chitty*Chitty*Bang*Bang*

I have decided to use one of my favorite words in each and every post I do this week. The word for today’s post is penultimate. which means 2nd to last. Y is the penultimate letter in the English alphabet. Making this the penultimate post in the A to Z Challenge. We are featuring the song You Two from the 1968 film: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Caractacus: To me, the answer’s clear; it’s having someone near; someone dear.

Someone to care for; to be there for. I have You Two!

Someone to do for; muddle through for. I have You Two!


Someone to share joy or despair with; whichever betides you.


Life becomes a chore, unless you’re living for.

someone to tend to be a friend to. I have You Two!


Someone to strive for, do or die for, I have You Two!


Could be, we three get along so famously,

’cause you two have me, and I have You Two too.

(Breakfast is behind made, then Caractacus sneezes)

Kids:  Someone to care for; to be there for.

Caractacus:  I have You Two!

Kids:  Someone to do for; muddle through for.

Caractacus:  I have You Two!


Someone to smile once in awhile with; whenever you’re lonesome.

I’ve a happy lot, considering what I’ve got.


But, I couldn’t do more, Than you do for your poor Father.

(Kids: Daddy!)

Things go asunder and I wonder why you bother.

All: Could be, we three get along so famously ’cause…

Kids:  we two have you, 

Caractacus:  and I have You Two…

All:  too.


https://the-sherman-brothers.fandom.com/wiki/You_Two

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Sherman Brothers A to Z: W is for Wonderful Woozles

Tiggers
Heffalumps and Woozles

W at the A to Z challenge should mean that today you should see double. So I have 2 W songs for the price of 2. It’s also 2 for the price of one since there is no cost for either song and 1 times zero and 2 time zero both equal zero.

Songs: The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers

Heffalumps and Woozles

Film: Winnie The Pooh and The Blustery Day

Year 1968

Notable Lyrics

Wonderful Thing About Tiggers:

Tiggers are cuddly fellas, Tiggers are awfully sweet, everyone else (pronounced ellis) is jealous, and that’s why I repeat , repeat …

Heffalumps and Woozles

If honey is what you covet you’ll find that they love it Because they guzzle up the thing you prize– prize – prize – prize 

I am including 2 w songs today because they are a ) two of my all time favorite Sherman selections. b) both originated in the same film. and c) Both songs are Tigger driven. Obviously It’s A WOnderful Thing About Tiggers, but it’s good to remember that it is Tigger who put the notion that Heffalumps and Woozles not only exist but they exist to steal honey.

Lyric Links

The Wonderful Thing about Tiggers.

Heffalumps and Woozles

Also check out the a to z spreadshet for other blogs that are participating this year

Sherman Brothers A to Z: Q is for Quintessential

If you have been following my Sherman brothers shuffles over the past few weeks, you have probably discoved that these guys produced more than 26 bloggable bits. So the question becomes what do you keep off the list? Today I answer a different question, what do you jeep in? There are a handful of songs that are so Shermannesque, I knew I had to find a way to fit them in, Jolly Holliday from Mary Poppins (1964). I could have included it in H for Holiday, I for It’s or J for Jolly. Saving it for Quintessential allowed me to feature other songs that may have not made the list otherwise. The most quintessential part of Jolly Holiday is the pairing of the animation and live action sequences in this song. Unfortunately the sing-along-version shown above just whets your appetite for the entire sequence.

Ain’t it a glorious day? Right as a mornin’ in May, I feel like I could fly.

‘Ave you ever seen The grass so green?Or a bluer sky?

Oh, it’s a jolly holiday With Mary, Mary makes your ‘eart so light.

When the day is gray And ordinary, Mary makes the sun shine bright!

Oh, ‘appiness is bloomin’ All around ‘er, The daffoldils are smilin’ At the dove.

When Mary ‘olds your ‘and, You feel so grand, Your ‘eart starts beatin’ Like a big brass band.

Oh, it’s a jolly holiday with Mary, No wonder that it’s Mary that we love!


Now then what’d be nice, We’ll start with raspberry ice And then some cakes and tea.

Order what you will, There’ll be no bill, It’s complimentary.

Oh, it’s a jolly holiday With you, Bert, Gentlemen like you are few,

Though your just a diamond In the rough, Bert, Underneath your blood is blue!

You’d never think of pressing Your advantage, For bearance is the hallmark Of your creed.

A lady needn’t fear When you are near, Your sweet gentility is crystal clear!

Oh, it’s a jolly holiday with you, Bert, A jolly, jolly holiday with you!

https://the-sherman-brothers.fandom.com/wiki/Jolly_Holiday

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