“Mountain Greenery” was written by Rogers and Hart for the 1926 edition of the musical revue “The Garrick Gaieties.” There were three editions altogether. One in 1925, one in 1926, and the last one in 1930. The review was named after the theater in which it was performed.
This particular version of the song was performed in season one of the “Dick Van Dyke Show” on episode 28 “The Sleeping Brother.” It’s the second part of a two parter with special guest star Jerry Van Dyke as Stacy Petrie. It’s one of my favorite episodes so I watched parts 1 and 2 on Hulu last night.
In this episode Rob and Laura throw a cocktail party and a dinner party both in same week! Just watching that is enough to give a poor introvert like me hives! To me throwing parties feels like a lot more work and stress than fun so I don’t entertain… or I didn’t for as long as I could get away with it. Last year the Beautiful Girl got to the age where all her friends were having birthday parties and so, for the love of the child, I threw a party for the first time in my adult life. It was fine. I’ll do it again this year but I’ll never love it. I’ve often wondered if I’d be more inclined to entertain if I had a housewife to handle all the details. Of course she’d have to be a dude to make it really work for me so it might be tough to find the right person. Ah well, maybe one day I’ll put an ad on Craigslist and see what happens!
Even though I know it must be wildly inaccurate, Rob, Sally, and Buddy will probably always inform my vision of what life as a television writer must be like. This is a clip from a season 3 episode called “Too Many Stars.” You can watch the full episode on Hulu. Here’s a link:
The Dick Van Dyke Show \”Too Many Stars\”
The song is “A Doodlin’ Song” written by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh. It was the A side of a Peggy Lee single recorded in 1963 and it has since become a jazz standard. It appears on a few children’s introduction to jazz albums because it is a fun little ditty.
The town I live in has a very similar name to the Petrie’s suburb! That’s pretty much where the similarities end. New Rochelle, New York is a swanky city with high priced real estate and a population of over 70,000. My town has under 10,000 and it is decidedly blue collar. Downtown is 2 blocks long and there are no buildings over 2 stories high. I’m not kidding. We have no taxis and no public transportation and Walmart IS our mall. And no, it’s not Super Walmart. When I first heard the name of my current home town, “The Dick Van Dyke Show” was the first thing I thought of but it has much more in common with the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois from the “Roseanne” show. But the people here are friendly and the streets are pretty safe. In the seven years I’ve lived here our one “murder” turned out to be an accidental drowning. Besides, when people ask me where I live, if I slur my answer just right, they might think I’m a sophisticated New York socialite!*
*What?! It could happen!