Wisdom Of the Music Man

“You pile up enough tomorrows and you find you’ve collected nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays.”

To some extent that could be about me. Whether or not it is, I like the statement being made. From some wise, classical philosopher I have dubbed the music man because of his lyrical musings on the great thoughts of our existence? No. It was said by Prof. Harold Hill to Marion the Librarian in Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man“. To my mind one of the most entertaining musicals coming out of the 1950s.

The lyrics are clever with a bit of double entendre. The music is at times catchy and at other times stirring. The story is about the con man turned good by the pure of heart woman he falls for but until the transformation his cons entertain. They don’t get written like this anymore. The total package is pure pleasure.

We live in an entertainment world comprised of blood, gore, sex, destruction, or filled with high tech imagery often for no other reason than to show it can be done. Something that merely intends to entertain is rare. That is probably why I rejoice in pre 1965 movie musicals. The infectious joy that Robert Preston brought from the stage to the movie version carries me away. Shirley Jones was lovely, there was a very young Ronnie Howard, Buddy Hackett– OK who cares about Buddy– and the phenomenal barber shop quartet the Buffalo Bills. What more could one want.

BTW. The follow-up line to the quote at the top is “I don’t know about you but I’d like to make today worth remembering.” Words to live by.

BTW2. A prize to anyone who knows which song from this show was covered by the Beatles.

Now Robert Preston at his best.

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3 Responses to Wisdom Of the Music Man

  1. Loryn Kogan says:

    My favorite musical of all time! Answer to your Beatles question: “Til There Was You,” sung very sweetly by Paul, who can be seen here at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uy3WqQxrpVY&feature=related. And don’t get me started singing Gary, Indiana, or Pick-a-little, Talk-a-little…

  2. 48facets says:

    I never knew this about you.

    I have 85% of the firm taped but the movie was longer than the tape. When I get the DVD we can have a party.

  3. Frank says:

    I love the Music Man. They did a high school play by us last year that had over 150 students in it. It’s super cool. Great post, man. Quite a lead quote.

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