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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Sherman Brothers A to Z: P is for Pooh

Winnie The Pooh is one of the most beloved children’s literary characters for a reason. In 1977 The many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh, The Disney compilation of 3 previously released featurettes combined with new material to make a feature film, made the beloved bear a film star as well. The theme song and the opening sequence forever pair the cinematic version and the literary version. This has as much to do with the Sherman song as it does with the animation.

Deep in the hundred acre wood, where Christopher Robin plays You’ll find the enchanted neighborhood, of Christopher’s childhood days

A donkey named Eeyore is his friend, and Kanga and little Roo, (and Tigger too!) There’s Rabbit and Piglet, and there’s Owl But most of all, Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh Tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff He’s Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh Willy nilly silly old bear

Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh Tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff He’s Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh Willy nilly silly old bear


https://the-sherman-brothers.fandom.com/wiki/Winnie_the_Pooh(song)

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Sherman Brother’s A to Z. O is for O’malley.







I did not realize it when I planned out the songs for this week, that a different animal was being feutured each day. Monday we had a monkey in the title. No Dogs were allowed in yesterday’s post. Today we are featuring Thomas O’Malley Cat form Disney’s 1972 gem, The Aristocats? Any guessed what animals may round out our week?

Thomas O’Malley

I like cheech-a-cheech-chee-roni

Like they make at home

Or a healthy fish with a big backbone

I’m Abraham DeLacey

Giuseppe Casey

Thomas O’Malley

O’Malley the alley cat!

I’ve got that wanderlust

Gotta walk the scene

Gotta kick up highway dust

Feel the grass that’s green

Gotta strut them city streets

Showin’ off my éclat, yeah

Tellin’ my friends of the social elite

Or some cute cat I happen to meet

That I’m Abraham DeLacey

Giuseppe Casey

Thomas O’Malley

O’Malley the alley cat!

Duchess: Why, monsieur, your name seems to cover all of Europe!

O’Malley: Well of course. I’m the only cat of my own kind.

I’m king of the highway

Prince of the boulevard

Duke of the avant-garde

The world is my backyard

So if you’re goin’ my way

That’s the road you wanna seek

Calcutta to Rome or

Home Sweet Home in Paris…

Magnifique, you all!

Toulouse: Oh, boy! An alley cat!

Marie: Shh! Listen.

O’Malley

I only got myself

And this big old world

But I sip that cup of life

With my fingers curled

I don’t worry what road to take

I don’t have to think of that

Whatever I take is the road I make

It’s the road of life make no mistake, for me

Yeah, Abraham DeLacey

Giuseppe Casey

Thomas O’Malley

O’Malley the alley cat

That’s right

And I’m very proud of that

Yeah!


https://the-sherman-brothers.fandom.com/wiki/Thomas_O%27Malley_Cat_(song)


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Sherman Brothers A to Z: L is for Lots in Common

In 1973 Charlotte’s Web an adaptation of EB White’s book hit the theaters. I remember seeing it and enjoying it very much. I remember how the songs really seemed to bring the story to life as much as the animation. What I didn’t realize then was that the same song writers responsible for my beloved Mary Poppins and Winnie The Pooh also wrote the songs for Charlotte. Click here to read an excellent retrospective review of the movie and and the sound track especially focusing on the work of the Sherman Brothers,

Well why not? Oh we’ve got

Lots in common where it really counts

Where it really counts, we got large amounts

What we look like doesn’t count an ounce

We’ve got lots in common where it really counts

(Wilbur) You’ve got feathers, I’ve got skin

But we both our outsides hold us in

(Calf) I’ve got hooves, you’ve got webbed feet

But we both stand up to eat

Cause we got

Lots in common where it really counts

Where it really counts, we got large amounts

What we look like doesn’t count an ounce

We’ve got lots in common where it really counts

(Wilbur) You’ve got a beak and I’ve a snout

But both of us can sniff about

(Horse) You’ll say quack and I’ll say neigh

But we’re talking either way

Oh we’ve got

Lots in common where it really counts

Where it really counts, we got large amounts

What we look like doesn’t count an ounce

We’ve got lots in common where it really counts

(Charlotte) You’re born to swim and I to spin

But we both love this world were in

We share the sun, the earth, the sky

And that’s the reason why

We’ve all got

Lots in common where it really counts

Where it really counts, we got large amounts

What we look like doesn’t count an ounce

We’ve got lots in common where it really counts

https://the-sherman-brothers.fandom.com/wiki/We%27ve_Got_Lots_in_Common

Finding things in common seems to be a lost art these days. Why do you think people focus more on differences thsn commonalities?

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K is for Keith and Kite

April is a busy moth for me. Shermanically speaking I have 26 songs and videos to put out for the A to Z challenge. It is often Easter, It is a busy month for our home school co-op and at the 2 church youth groups I work at. It is also the month of my wedding anniversary and the month my youngest brother died. The latter happened 10 years ago this month. For what ever reason I link the song Let’s go Fly A kite with Keith. I can remember him singing it. Keith is one of the few people who ever sang worse than I do so if you heard him sing it you’d probably remember too. I remember going Kite Flying on Easter Sundaya few days after he died. I took my 3 kids and Keith’s 2 kids and remember thinking that He would never be able to take his kids kite flying again. Shortly after that I wrote this.

Which brings us to our Sherman song of the day. Let’s go Fly a Kite.

Mr. Banks: With tuppence for paper and strings,

You can have your own set of wings.

With your feet on the ground, You’re a bird in a flight,

With your fist holding tight, To the string of your kite.

Oh, oh, oh!

Let’s go fly a kite,

Up to the highest height!

Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring.

Up through the atmosphere,

Up where the air is clear,

Oh, let’s go fly a kite!

Bert: When you send it flyin’ up there,

All at once you’re lighter than air.

You can dance on the breeze Over ‘ouses and trees,

With your first ‘olding tight, To the string of your kite

Londoners: Oh, oh, oh!


Let’s go fly a kite,

Up to the highest height!

Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring.

Up through the atmosphere,

Up where the air is clear,

Oh, Let’s go fly a kite!


https://the-sherman-brothers.fandom.com/wiki/Let%27s_Go_Fly_a_Kite

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