Join me as I leave Future World and spend some time in a couple of the more popular Epcot pavilions in World Showcase. First, I grab lunch and interact with a couple of the better-known occupants of the UK pavilion, and then I move on to the France pavilion where I take in the sights and enjoy their beautiful film, Impressions de France.
I’m realizing as I go along that I have personal attachments to some of these songs that go back to childhood. That’s the case again this time around, with “Chim Chim Cher-ee” from Mary Poppins. Back in elementary school our music teacher chose me to sing this as a solo as a part of a school-wide variety show that included performances by each of the grade levels. For my school that meant everyone from kindergarten to seventh grade. As a fourth grader I wasn’t yet eligible for a lead in the yearly musical, but this solo gig as a singing chimney sweep meant that I was in line for that sort of thing in a couple of years. It was also the first time I remember getting positive reactions from the kids around me related to my performing aspirations. Boys who I knew mostly as grubby playground antagonists suddenly seemed to be recognizing that I had value. It was weird. Unfortunately because this performance happened back in the olden days of the Carter administration all photographic records of the event have been lost in the sands of time. I know we’re all really sad about that.
The rest of this article will actually be about the song itself. I promise.
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We’re making our way through the 1960’s and into the 70’s. As a two-time winner, Jane Fonda was a natural inclusion. But to further fill out the decade of the sixties and also to throw a bone to the Disney fans among our readership, I turned to Julie Andrews. This contest is lopsided in Fonda’s favor in terms of quantity of wins and nominations. But Andrews may be able to pull off an upset thanks to sentimental favorites like Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music.
Legendary songwriter Robert B Sherman, who teamed with his brother Richard to create some of the most memorable songs of the 20th century, died in London on Monday, the 5th of March, 2012. For the Disneyphiles who run and visit this blog, the Sherman brothers are an integral part of the history of that company’s film and theme park soundtrack. They have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and won two Oscars for their work on Disney’s “Mary Poppins,” one for the classic “Chim Chim Cher-ee” Read the rest of this entry