Tuesday, October 5, 2010

e is for everything

Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) physicist, philosopher & peace activist


There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.
Albert Einstein

I couldn't stop at a single einstein quote, everything mr. e said is so excellent. well, okay, not everything but essentially everything!


as a child my mom used to sing show tunes - I remember most were from south pacific, my fair lady, and other broadway hits of the day. the habit rubbed off on me; however, the show tunes I sang when em was a kid were from jc superstar, hair, and tommy..... my repertoire included a couple golden oldies - such as, the sound of music and mary poppins. my singing voice is not nearly as sweet as my mom's; as soon as em got to be older (and developed an critical ear), she'd groan and that would put an end to my spontaneous concerts.

but.....

everything is all right from jesus christ superstar (1973).



do you, or did your parents have a habit of walking around singing show tunes? and if so, what where the faves in your home?


photo: first - sidewalk wisdom, olympia, wa april 2010; second -street art, nyc june 2010

11 comments:

Meri said...

My mom played South Pacific, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, The King and I, and Flower Drum Song soundtracks. She, too, had a beautiful voice. I always loved the music from South Pacific, but there was a revival on stage in Seattle last year and I was really disappointed -- the story was pretty thin and stupid, really. Who falls in love with such little provocation and so many obstacles? (Ok, don't answer that. It was rhetorical).

Tom said...

i make up my own tunes. you should feel sorry for my wife.

Kate Hanley said...

JC Superstar is the first big musical that I stage managed in college. We had 50 people in the cast and the band was a local Burlington band, alas not Phish, however. I love everything Mr. e said as well including Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Angella Lister said...

oh, oh, oh, jesus christ superstar! i listened to this rock musical on an endless loop as a teen in jamaica! i knew and sang along to every word. what a treat!

Ron Eklof said...

Nothing IS for ever, things aren't.

Thank you, my fair lady.

Roy said...

Well, I don't remember my mom or Dad bursting into song, but we did listen to a lot of musicals when I was a kid. I still have an undying love for Bernstein's West Side Story.

Not a big Andrew Lloyd Weber fan. My favorite Biblical musical is Godspell; much simpler and close to the heart and soul of the Gospel than Lloyd Weber's unfortunately overblown fare.

tony said...

SeƱor Einstein Was A Wise Old Cat!

Sandra Leigh said...

My mother used to sing, but I don't think she loved show tunes as much as I did (and do). As a teenager, I had the soundtracks from "South Pacific", "My Fair Lady", and "Gigi", and I wore them out. To this day, when I hear the music from "My Fair Lady," I expect to hear the skips and cracks that graced my old LP.

Alan Burnett said...

Another wonderful collection. You inspire me. I feel an alphabet series coming on.

Daisy said...

My mother wasn't a "singer", but I was. And I spent my childhood in NJ, just across from NYC and Broadway. Every Sunday my radio was set to the tunes of South Pacific, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, Flower Drum Song. I loved Rodgers and Hammerstein. Still do. The story lines were disappointing when I saw the films, but the music carried the show.
"A hundred million miracles
are happening every day ..." (FDSong)

Daisy said...

PS. My human wrote the previous comment since I'm not old enough in dog years to even know what she is talking about....except that she sings these songs around me so I know them too.