The Sherman Brothers. In the history of Disney, I would wager that the Sherman Brothers may be the most recognizable, the most loved, musical group of any in the history of Disney movies. So many of their great songs — especially for the Disney classic movie Mary Poppins — are seeing a revival as a result of the success of the movie Saving Mr. Banks. It has led to a re-appreciation of all that the Sherman Brothers meant to Walt Disney and the movies they wrote their music for. I would hazard a guess that the music, had it not been as memorable, as successful, as it was, would have meant all the difference between success and failure for the movie.
Now, the music that the Sherman Brothers made famous is being re-performed, adapted for today’s audience, and being recorded and uploaded for a new generation of fans. Take, for example, this incredible video, pieced together by Jeffrey Sherman, son of the late Robert Sherman, that is my favorite song from Mary Poppins — Feed the Birds. In this case, it’s being performed by Kristen Chenoweth at the Hollywood Bowl. Please enjoy!
In addition to that video, take this flash mob singalong that was performed in London (I believe) in front of the Odeon theater of the great Mary Poppins song “Let’s Go Fly a Kite!”
These are just two examples of the wonder of music, and how it can reach deep inside your soul and bring out emotions that you had forgotten you had. I have really enjoyed seeing a revival of the music of the Sherman Brothers. It is a reawakening of the spirit of that great era of Disney when they were at their pinnacle, and the music brings me back to a simpler day and time, almost as if I were strolling down Main Street, U.S.A. itself!
So, to all of you aspiring musicians out there, please, please, please, keep playing that great Sherman Brothers music!