Still in my top ten favorite songs. It’s got two important elements: decency and a very effectively placed minor chord. Slays me.
Danforth’s recent audio post was a very important one, so here I am reblogging it.
Growing up watching Mary Poppins whenever I had the opportunity, I found myself enjoying all the songs but “Feed the Birds.” I remember tuning it out. Leaving the room. Rolling my eyes at this music cue that seemed to have no purpose in advancing the movie’s narrative. Sure, there was something cool about the snow globe (there’s always something cool about a snow globe), but I responded poorly to the song’s darkness and was so, so, so confused by British currency. Tuppence? Guiney? Pound? Quid? What was the difference? What’s the equivalent in dollars? How much is a homeless woman’s bag of crumbs in America? Let’s get back to the chimney sweeps. Let’s do more merry-go-round races. Mary, I Love You But Your Somber Interlude Is Bringing Me Down.
So away the song went - part of my Mary Poppins memory pack, but by no means a significant blip in my brain. That is, until this week when I heard it out of context (as a song, not a skippable scene) for the first time in my life. What I’m saying, I think, is that it’s very easy for me to look at that annoying Kindergarten through Senior Year photo collage my mother has of me in her upstairs hallway and think, “Oh god I’m exactly the same,” but I’m not. Not really. I like different songs in Mary Poppins now.
But if we’re talking about Bedknobs & Broomsticks, the best song is still “Portabello Road.” I haven’t changed that much. Idiots.