Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Wordful Wednesday - It's a Small World

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Robert Sherman, who, with his brother Richard, created dozens of songs for Disney over the years, died yesterday at 86.  Today's Wordless Wednesday is pre-empted for a Wordful Wednesday to note his passing.

The Sherman's songs mean a lot to me as the father of an 8 year old girl, who, despite her recent interest in the more daring rides at Disneyworld, still loves the 'It's A Small World' ride with the heart of a little girl.  We've been on the ride dozens of times in our visits to the park, and this image is from our December, 2010 trip..  It's with a bright gleam in her eye that she joyfully claps her hands and sings the lyrics even today, when she is just as likely to shoot you a doleful look if you ask her to sing for you.

The man who gave her just a bit of that joy passed away yesterday. He also had a hand in many other Disney classics, notably 'Mary Poppins,' which won him an Oscar, and "Winnie the Pooh.'  While you can debate the musical merits of 'Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang,' you've got no heart if you don't love 'It's A Small World!'

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