Charlie Bertsch (cbertsch) wrote,
Charlie Bertsch

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Forget Pavement, forget Bruce Springsteen -- hell, forget The Beatles. After watching Mary Poppins with Skylar and her nana today, I have conclusively determined that the biggest musical influence on my life has been the songwriting team of brothers Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman.

What are they responsible for, you ask?

How about the music for Mary Poppins, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, the animated Charlotte's Web, The Aristocrats, Snoopy Come Home, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Jungle Book, most of The Tigger Movie, the song "You're Sixteen," which topped the Billboard charts twice, and, yes, "It's a Small World."

Their relative absence from Broadway seems to have doomed them to the well-paid hiding in the light that befell so many Hollywood composers. I mean, Rogers and Hammerstein were incredible songwriters, but it's hard to imagine songs with more barbs than the ones the Shermans penned. Believe me, my daughter is so caught up in their music that she may never be able to extricate herself.

I should mention, in closing, that many of their best-known songs must have played a major role in my early years as well, since I know that The Jungle Book and Winnie the Pooh were favorites of mine and I remember the music from Mary Poppins running through my head too.

Yes, I've liked showtunes ever since. Just like Maurice on Northern Exposure.

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