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South Pacific

On this day in 1958, the soundtrack album for the musical, “South Pacific” hit #1 and stayed there for 31 weeks!

The production won ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Libretto, and it is the only musical production to win Tony Awards in all four acting categories. Its original cast album was the bestselling record of the 1940s, and other recordings of the show have also been popular. The show has enjoyed many successful revivals and tours, spawning a 1958 film and television adaptations.

There are a few things that put me in a better mood automatically.  Of course, my faith is at the top of the list, but running a close second is my love of show tunes!  I not only own the DVD of the movie, but I also have the soundtrack and the (well used) music book!

What is your favorite song from “South Pacific”?  Mine is “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair”. 

Does your family sing along when you’re watching musicals?  That was something my parents encouraged as I grew up – and to this day I sing along!

The story for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” is drawn from a Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel by James A. Michener called “Tales of the South Pacific”, which dealt largely with the issue of racism.

Some of the wonderful songs on the soundtrack include:

  • SOME ENCHANTED EVENING
  • I’M GONNA WASH THAT MAN RIGHT OUTTA MY HAIR
  • HAPPY TALK
  • BALI HA’I
  • YOUNGER THAN SPRINGTIME
  • I’M IN LOVE WITH A WONDERFUL GUY

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The musical opens on a South Pacific island, during World War II, where a naïve young Navy nurse from Arkansas becomes romantically involved with Emile de Becque, a French plantation owner. In spite of the dangers of the ongoing war, Nellie sings to Emile that she is “A Cockeyed Optimist.” And in “Some Enchanted Evening,” Emile recalls fondly their first meeting at an officer’s club dinner. At the same time, the American sailors are growing restless and bored without and combat to keep them active or women to entertain them in their downtime (“There is Nothin’ Like a Dame”). One sailor, Luther Billis, hatches a plan to travel to Bali Ha’i, a nearby island where the French plantation owners are believed to have hidden their women. Meanwhile, a U.S. marine, Lieutenant Joe Cable, arrives on the island undercover on a dangerous spy mission crucial to the outcome of the war. A middle-aged grass skirt seller nicknamed “Bloody Mary,” one of the few women on the island, takes an immediate interest in Cable.

Nellie, on the other hand, has been reconsidering her relationship with Emile and decides to break up with him (“I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair”). However, when she bumps in to him unexpectedly, she realizes she can’t dump him because she’s in love with him. Accepting an invitation to meet all of his friends and associates, she sings “I’m In Love With a Wonderful Guy.” About this time, Cable, who needs to run reconnaissance on a nearby Japanese-held island, approaches Emile for help, but the plantation owner refuses and Cable is told to go on leave until he is able to continue his mission. With nothing else to do, Cable allows Billis to convince him to travel to Bali Ha’i. On the island, Bloody Mary introduces Cable to a young Tonkinese girl, Liat, who turns out to be her daughter. She had been planning a love match, and it turns out to be a successful one as Cable and Liat quickly fall in love. Meanwhile, Emile and Nellie have become engaged, but when she learns that Emile has children with a dark-skinned Polynesian woman, Nellie’s racial prejudice surfaces.

As Act II opens, the relationship between Liat and Cable is growing more serious, but like Nellie, Cable exhibits some signs of racism, fearing what his friends and family will think if he marries a dark-skinned woman. When he finally admits that he won’t marry a Vietnamese girl, Bloody Mary is furious and drags her distraught daughter away, swearing that she will marry her off to some other man. Although somewhat aware and ashamed of their bigotry, both Cable and Nellie seem prisoners to their social conditioning and believe that they have no real choice in the matter.

Depressed over his rejected proposal, Emile offers to join Cable on his spy mission behind Japanese lines. Confronted by the plantation owner about his prejudices, Cable admits that it’s just how he was raised (“Carefully Taught”). The mission is successful, and the intelligence received results in an American victory and the destruction of Japanese convoys, but Cable is killed in the ensuing battle. Touched by Liat’s grief when she learns of her lover’s death, Nellie, who imagines that Emile has also died, decides to put aside her prejudice and at least learn to love Emile’s children if she can’t have their father. When Emile unexpectedly returns home, Nellie is overjoyed and agrees to marry.

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The great musicals of the 1950’s are just another happy memory I have of my family and I having fun together – singing!  🙂

 

 

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TO THOSE IN OKLAHOMA

On April 19, 1995, two men decided to destroy the lives of people and destroy buildings, cars and other property.  It’s referred to as the Oklahoma City bombing.  It’s considered a domestic terrorist bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City.

Because Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols made a decision to carry out this evil plot, 168 people lost their lives and more than 700 people were injured.  We still don’t have answers.  Of course the question on everyone’s mind is – why?

The short answer is – we don’t know why.  We know there is evil in the world – but where there is evil, there is more good.  The best came out after tragedy struck.  Local, state, federal and worldwide agencies helped in the rescue efforts after the blast.  Donations to help were received from all over the country.  Where evil crops up – good overcomes.

McVeigh was apprehended quickly – within 90 minutes of the explosion.  Officer Charlie Hanger , an Oklahoma State Trooper, pulled him over for driving without a license plate and arrested him for illegal weapons possession.  Forensic evidence linked both McVeigh and Nichols to the attack.  Nichols was arrested, and in a matter of days both were charged.  Michael and Lori Fortier were later identified as accomplices.  McVeigh was executed by lethal injection on June 11, 2001 and Nichols was sentenced to life in prison.  Michael and Lori Fortier testified against McVeigh and Nichols.  Michael still had to serve 12 years in prison for failing to warn the U.S. government, and Lori received immunity from prosecution in exchange for her testimony.

I don’t want to focus on the evil today, but the good.  Those who helped after the bombs exploded at 9:01 – then again at 9:03.

The FBI conducted 28,000 interviews, collected 3.5 short tons of evidence and collected nearly one billion pieces of information.

My husband and I went to the Oklahoma City National Memorial in 2001 and took some photos.  I didn’t think after so much time had passed it would be emotional.  I was wrong.  The memorial was dedicated on the site of the Murrah Federal Building, commemorating the victims of the bombing.  Every year remembrance services are held at the same time of day as the explosions occurred:  9:01 and 9:03am.

It’s so sad because people were just going to do their job – trying to make a living.  No one thinks that walking into their place of employment will be dangerous.  Since then, we just don’t know if it’s safe to leave the house.  May God give us the strength and courage to live our lives without fear.   😦

 

 

 

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12-10 WHEN I THINK ABOUT MISSISSIPPI

OK – hands up, everyone who had fun learning to spell MISSISSIPPI – with the emphasis on the 4 S’s and 2 P’s.  For that reason alone, I’m grateful that the great state of Mississippi was admitted as the 20th state of the Union on this day back in 1817.

And Ray Stevens would have had to choose a different state in which that famous revival took place – can you imagine?

And the song by Mountain would not be called Mississippi Queen.  Hmm…  that would be weird.

And the coach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs had this to say as he grinned from ear to ear on November 22nd after their 0-51 victory over Vanderbilt:

I couldn’t be happier with how our guys responded; offense, defense, kicking game, guys flying around, making plays, playing with that chip on their shoulder and really believing we have an awful lot still to play for.  You saw that on the field with how our guys played.  – Dan Mullen

Yep – we’re glad that on this day in 1817, Mississippi joined the Union!

I’ve never been to Mississippi, but it is on my bucket list to visit there one day!  I imagine overwhelming Southern hospitality, a laid-back attitude, good music and good food (not necessarily in that order).  What is life like in the deep south?

Ah – the gospel music has SOUL to be sure!  I feel God’s Holy Spirit!  But no squirrels inside this church (I am just a little disappointed).

Who’s ready to eat???

Now – let’s check out that Southern hospitality!  There are so many Bed & Breakfasts in Mississippi.  Really though, can you imagine soaking in the South from a Motel?  I can’t.

Um…  just make sure you don’t book your stay here:

I just read that Mississippi lost their first Miss America, Mary Ann Mobley.

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Rest in Peace, Mary Ann Mobley. A Mississippi treasure.  She was Miss America in 1959.

God richly blessed this Nation when He saw fit to allow Mississippi to become a part of the United States of America!  😀

If you are looking for a perfect Christmas gift, may I suggest a new devotional book by Lucinda Berry Hill?  Everyone needs a new devotional book to begin the new year!

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Click on the link below to order your copy!

http://bookstore.westbowpress.com/Products/SKU-000952694/A-Second-Cup-with-Jesus.aspx 

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1-14 THE LICORICE STICK

After having experimented with chalumeaus for a long time, the instrument maker C. H. Denner of Nuremberg, Germany, finally managed to build an instrument, that would not only play the lower register but also the upper one, without sacrificing too much of intonation (that is correctness of the tone frequency). In order to do this he added two additional holes close to the duodecime key. The remaining problems with intonation the player had to correct with his embouchure.  Therein lay the problem…  embouchure…  ugh.

I cut my teeth on great clarinet music.  Everything from Pete Fountain to Dixieland bands.  They made it look so easy and I thought, “No problem.  I can read music already, so all I have to do is learn the fingerings for the notes.”  HA!  I learned a word I grew to despise…  EMBOUCHURE!!!  Ugh…  I learned that if you have an over bite, you will not have an embouchure worth a hoot!

They sort of let it slide in elementary school – or at least nobody said anything to my folks about it.  The band director in Jr. High was not so nice.  Mr. Hallowell just called ’em like he saw ’em.  He pulled me aside early in the semester and bluntly said, “You can’t play the clarinet – you will never play the clarinet!”  He handed me one of the school’s bass clarinets and assigned me to the back row beside the other clarinet rejects.   There were three of us – me and a boy sitting on either side.  All of us with over bites.  Sigh…

What is a bass clarinet, you ask???  It’s a monster – that’s what it is.  A very heavy, inconvenient monster.  While all the tall, skinny girls were carrying their delicate flutes and clarinets around, looking all stylish, I had to lug the monster around.  I looked anything but lady-like.  I think my poor mother was close to having a stroke a couple of times.  It was not a petite instrument for a young lady to play.  I was the only girl in the section and I’m sure my parents wore paper sacks on their heads when they came to concerts.  I think I saw them wearing them a couple of times.

It turned out to be a good opportunity to talk to boys.  I was so busy seeing the silver lining, I didn’t take the time to get my feelings hurt about the clarinet.  I mean, I felt so badly that my parents paid so much money for the instrument, but it worked out because they sold it to someone and got most of the money back.

I really had a blast that year in band.  One of the guys carried the monster around for me – and it was the school’s instrument so I didn’t have to haul it home with me.  By the time Christmas rolled around, Mr. Hallowell thought my talents could be used in choir playing the piano, so he transferred me there to help out.

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1977 FALCON MARCHING BAND AND FLAG TEAM

In High School I was put on the flag team instead of assigned to an instrument for marching band.  That turned out to be the most fun time!  Just when you think you’ve got a plan…  God hands you a better one!  Wink!  😉