“Let’s Take A Walk Around The Block” comes from the 1934 Broadway musical “Life Begins at 8:40.” It was written by Harold Arlen, E.Y. Yarburg, and Ira Gershwin. I couldn’t find any info on when Doris Day recorded it.
The only exercise I consistently, willingly and eagerly do is walking. Though at the pace I go it’s probably better for my soul than it is for my body. I walk the path behind the office where I work every week day. It helps the day go much more smoothly if I take my mind out of the cubicle and give it some space and time to wander.
The first thing I want to do when I’ve had a stressful day is take a long brisk walk. Well, okay the first thing I want to do is consume half a wheelbarrow full of carbs. But the second thing I want to do is walk! I had an epically rotten day not too long ago as a matter of fact. Luckily my commute leads me past a forest preserve where the Fall colors were just starting to reach their full glory. I turned off and took a nice long vigorous walk that reminded me that even on the rough days the world is still a beautiful place. It didn’t stop me from making the convenience store pit stop of shame (Little Debbie you vixen!) But at least I could pass it off as post workout carbo loading. (That’s a thing right?)
Train of thought I won’t be pursuing in this post: Addiction destroys lives and that’s a fact. Still I can’t help but wonder if jazz music, or music in general for that matter, would be as amazing without drugs.
I chose Coltrane’s version of “My Favorite Things” from the 1961 album of the same name. Why? I listened to an interview a comedian I like gave last night on internet radio where he said the movie “Mary Poppins” had a huge impact on him when he was a kid. “Mary Poppins” is one of my all time favorite musicals (yes, I do say that a lot). “My Favorite Things” is from “Sound Of Music” but they’re both great Julie Andrews flicks so I figure, close enough! It’s also a great live video with terrific solos by Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, and Eric Dolphy.
A friend of mine likes to hike Mulholland while listening to Coltrane. I wonder where the heck he hikes on Mulholland and still lives to tell the tale. The Mulholland Drive I know is a busy road. It’s twisty and really narrow in spots and people drive it like maniacs. The views are spectacular and the make out spots plentiful but you wouldn’t catch me up there on foot! Of course, it is a long road so there could very well be safe places to walk that I either never saw or don’t remember. Or maybe his middle name is “Danger” so likes his walks on the wild side.