It’s September, and getting warmer! What could be nicer than a good walk round the Botanic Gardens, or on the sunny side of the street?
And if you need some music to put some Spring in your step:
- Try God help the girl – the new album by Belle and Sebastian main man Stuart Murdoch. It is the perfect soundtrack for the season – sparkling 60s style girl singer pop with a hint of a chilly undertone (like that nasty little Nor-easter).
- Listen to Fujiya and Miyagi – wonderful walking music, it thrums along with a deep and resonant vocal and music that’s a bit quirky. The track Knickerbocker has an endless refrain of “vanilla strawberry knickbocker glory”, what’s Spring without an ice-cream treat?
- Roxy Music – there was a doco on Prime a few weeks ago, and it felt like every song mentioned brought a gasp. Do the Strand (there’s a stonking cover version of this by Scissor Sisters on War Child presents Heroes). Same old scene. Avalon.
What music says Spring to you?
Some people love them and some people hate them. I’m definitely in the first group. I’ve grown up with Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Wizard of Oz and, thanks to my girlfriend I now know the wonders of other great Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals such as Oklahoma and Carousel. I love them because they’re great stories with some very memorable tunes thrown in to liven it all up. On Friday night I went to the Broadway Broads concert that the Christchurch Symphony presented, featuring the amazing voices of Naomi Ferguson and Ali Harper, among others. They sung some fantastic renditions of songs from Broadway musicals, including I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables, Somewhere Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz, and The Worst Pies in London from Sweeney Todd. I was smiling the whole way through because I knew most of the songs and was very tempted to sing along myself.
My top five are:
1. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
2. Mary Poppins
4. Bugsy Malone
Do you have a favourite musical or do you absolutely loathe them?