As you have discovered in recent weeks I have been a music fan most of my life, from the songs from the musicals such as South Pacific (still mourn the death of Lieutenant Cable) and The King and I. My father was serving in HMS. Afrikaander in Cape Town and in addition to his normal duties, he was also the officer in charge of films. Reels would be sent out to stations around the world and were shown in the messes, usually with a supper and few drinks thrown in. The films were not recently released but were part of a massive library that had been established from distributors for the entertainment of those serving in the armed forces.
On Saturday mornings my father would take us to the base to meet up with other naval children for cartoons and a feature film, which is where, at the age of 10, I first fell in love with Lassie! Since then I have had three Lassies, Sacha, Sabre and Sam… and I feel that there might be enough room in my heart for another… hopefully soon.
My father would also occasionally bring home a projector and the latest movie to arrive from the UK. My parents would have a few friends around for a curry and a film show. My brother and I would be put to bed at the normal time, but as soon as I heard the opening soundtrack, I would creep along the corridor and perch in the hall so that I could see through the crack between the door and the frame. Everyone in those days was a smoker and the door was left ajar so that they did not asphyxiate…
Surprisingly this gave me a wonderful view of the screen. I would scurry back to bed when it was time for a reel change and the ladies took advantage to powder their noses in the guest bathroom in the corridor. Once there was a clink of glasses and conversation stopped, I would hop back and resume my position until the end of the film.
In honour of my secret nocturnal pastime… I thought today I would share favourite songs from those two movies. The first being ‘I’m gonna wash that man right out of my hair‘ from ‘South Pacific’ and I have done that a few times in the intervening 55 years……I am sure I am not the only one. And it you are really quick at the start you will see Lieutenant Cable…….be still my heart.
If you have not seen South Pacific… then here is the link to buy in various formats: https://www.amazon.com/South-Pacific-John-Kerr/dp/B01N7E2DPW
My second choice is from ‘The King and I’ with Yul Brynner and the beautiful Deborah Kerr. ‘Shall we Dance’
And you buy this movie here: https://www.amazon.com/King-Blu-ray-Combo-Yul-Brynner/dp/B00MHIKMQK
So that is some nostalgia and a reminder of a different time in movie making where romance, music and life were portrayed in a simpler and slightly more rose-tinted way… and for a child they inspired a life long love of music and movies.
I hope you have enjoyed the selection today and please leave your favourite tracks or movies in the comments and all the better if you can find the YouTube link so that others can head over to listen too. Thanks Sally