Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

A Grand Time, but Not on Song

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

A Grand Time, but Not on Song

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IN A world that changes more rapidly than it ever has in the course of history, it is comforting to know some things stay the same.

Not that I don't love the up-to-the-minute changes as much as the next old woman, but last weekend when I sat with my granddaughter and watched her CDs of Annie and then Mary Poppins I felt misty-eyed with melancholy for the old days and grateful that some things never Co must never Co change.

My granddaughter is three and she knew all the songs from Annie and Mary Poppins.

This is nothing special. But this is. Her own mother, my beautiful 31-year-old daughter, knew all the songs from Annie and Mary Poppins when she was three and my memories of singing along with her were joyously relived.

Happy? Blissful?

Although you might not have thought so if you could have heard me singing (screeching) TOMORROW, TOMORROW, I'LL LOVE YOU TOMORROW.

I don't like admitting this but I've been told that when I sing I sound like a pack of gleeful hyenas approaching a five-day-old zebra carcass.

But I don't care. I loved letting myself go with Annie and her songs. .

C[pounds sterling]Your mummy used to love this movie when she was a little girl,'' I told my granddaughter before I launched loudly into You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile.

It was impossible not to sing (shriek) my lungs out even though the granddaughter begged me not to and then demanded me to stop and then ran out of the room with her hands over her ears.

Only when I promised her I would not sing It's A Hard Knock Life would she come back.

All the lovely nuances of the movie came back to me, all the much-loved characters renewed their acquaintance with me: Bald Daddy Warbucks, dastardly Rooster and conniving Lily, poised Grace and cuddly Sandy the dog. When Miss Hannigan staggered about with the gin bottle, things got a bit too close for comfort. …

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