“It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears; it’s a world of hopes and a world of fears…”
When I was a very young child, this was one of my best friends:
It used to have a white dust cover with beautiful images from Disney movies, but I’m fairly sure that is a casualty of my kids. This book still sits on the piano in my living room today, but thirty years ago it kept me company while my dad made dinner, my mom worked, and my brother blew things up with his best friend.
I began playing the piano at the age of three and a half and reading at about the same time, so when this book arrived in my home, it gave me three of the things that I loved all in one place: words, music, and Disney. While The Illustrated Disney Song Book contains dozens of songs from Disney movies and parks, it opens with fifty-one pages of stories and images telling the stories behind the most famous Disney songs.
This is where I first met the Sherman brothers. Richard and Robert Sherman were the first staff songwriters ever hired by Walt Disney who previously either hired outside writers or had other studio writers compose lyrics to accompany the music written by staff composers. The songs written by the Sherman brothers are some of the most well-known Disney songs and have surely been sung in all of our homes, danced to with our children, and stuck in our heads for hours…
…Winnie the Pooh
…I Wan’na Be Like You
…The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room
…There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow
…It’s a Small World.
Yesterday Robert B. Sherman passed away in London at the age of 86. The gift of music has always been one of the greatest joys of my life. Thank you, Robert, for all that you did to add to that gift.