Madison Square Music

I know chronologically we are all over the place in terms of our posting. I still have yet to mention anything about the rest of our time in Nashville or the first few days in New York. Nonetheless, I have a few spare moments on my hands right now so thought I would mention what we’re doing! Whenever we travel, we like to check out free open air events. Like we did in Houston, Boston, and San Francisco. There is no shortage of free outdoor fun in NYC, but this time around we decided to check out the free concerts on the oval lawn at Madison Square Park. (Believe it or not, I’ve never been to this park – home of the original Shake Shack) Underground Horns is playing today, so I am very much looking forward to it. Brass bands never fail to impress. Something we didn’t expect to see here, though, were the masses of strollers. 23 that I can see from where I’m sitting to be exact. And most prominently, the uppababy g-luxe. It made me question our decision to get a Maclaren Mark II. But then I looked at our storage. And our sunshade. And I remembered that our stroller is the lightest one out there. And I was put at ease that we made the right choice.

  Anyways. Music is starting. Til next time.

Addition: So we found out that the series is called “Above Ground”, because they featured performers from NYC’s subways! So cool!


My Favourite Things

One of my favourite things is the Sound of Music. Growing up, we watched it (and My Fair Lady) on our Hong Kong TV, because my mom only had those video versions. We would sing along to the music, performing our own renditions of songs. Perhaps one day I will convert and upload the video we did of So Long, Farewell. It’s pretty awesome.

Anyways, a few years ago the cast of Sound of Music came together for the 40th anniversary of the film. All the Von Trapp children were there, a handful looking strikingly similar, and others less recognizable. I bought the DVD set instantly and loved every moment of the commentary and interviews.

Earlier today, I got an email from my grandpa’s brother with the rendition of My Favourite Things that Julie Andrews sang on her 69th birthday earlier this October. She may be approaching 70, but her wit is clearly intact. Enjoy!

Maalox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favourite things.

Cadillac’s and cataracts, hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favourite things.

When the pipes leak, When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favourite things,
And then I don’t feel so bad.

Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favourite things.

Back pains, confused brains, no need for sinnin’,
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin’,
And we won’t mention our short, shrunken frames,
When we remember our favourite things.

When the joints ache, When the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I’ve had,
And then I don’t feel so bad.