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Trial Balloon: October 20, 2009 Archive

My Favorite Parodies

Posted at 5:30 AM on October 20, 2009 by Dale Connelly (27 Comments)

Radio Heartland has tickets to give away to a concert by Chris Smither and Loudon Wainwright III at the Cedar Cultural Center on Saturday, October 31st.
We'll take names until 1pm on Wednesday, October 21.

Enter the drawing.
Obey the rules.
Best of luck.

This will be a great show. Chris Smither is fantastic and Loudon Wainwright III's latest recording "High Wide & Handsome - The Charlie Poole Project", is delightful. And Loudon is a pretty funny guy.

Speaking of funny music, yesterday a kind Radio Heartland listener sent an e-mail about Julie Andrews singing a hilarious parody of "My Favorite Things" at her 69th birthday party at Radio City Music Hall.

Unfortunately, the story is false. Snopes.com points out that Julie Andrews lost her singing voice as a result of a botched throat operation in 1997. That is very sad indeed.

I initially bought this story because I liked the idea of Ms. Andrews doing a send-up of a famous song from "The Sound of Music". I think she would have enjoyed doing it for two reasons:

1) It would mean she can sing again, and
2) the lyrics are pretty funny.

Botox 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 favorite things.

Cadillacs 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 favorite things.

When the pipes leak, When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favorite 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 favorite things.

Back pain, confused brains and 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 favorite 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.

I wish Julie Andrews had sung this one simply because I have a soft spot for funny take-offs - pasting new words over existing tunes.

And it raises the following question - what's your favorite parody?

I'm not saying we have that many in the library, but if we do have them, and they're clean, I'll play them!

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