Tips For Adulthood: Five Inspirational Show Tunes

Every Wednesday I offer tips for adulthood.

So I was signing up for Facebook yesterday – more on that tomorrow – and in my profile, they asked me to list my favorite music.

I wrote: “You wouldn’t want to know. Trust me.”

And that’s because – let’s face it – I’m not much of an audiophile. Sure, I love to sing along to the soundtrack in Tesco. But I’m not the kind of person who goes out and buys CDs, downloads tunes onto my Ipod or otherwise follows any developments in the industry. As I believe I admitted once before, I’ve even been known to watch the odd Barry Manilow concert on TV.

There is one exception, of course. But not one I was quite ready to share with my friends on Facebook…yet. As readers of RealDelia know full well – I LOVE show tunes. So here, without further ado, are five songs from musicals to inspire you in adulthood:

1. Marian, The Librarian – You haven’t lived until you’ve watched Robert Preston seduce a very young Shirley Jones in this most winning of love songs from The Music Man: have a look.

2. If Ever I Would Leave You – On the more serious end of things, here’s Robert Goulet (because really, what’s a musical revue without Robert Goulet?) singing one of my favorite all-time love songs – one that’s full of the agony and longing of romantic love – originally from the movie Camelot.

3. You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile – The title says it all. From Annie. Have a listen.

4. It’s a Fine Life – Here’s a song about making the best of whatever comes your way from the musical, Oliver! It’s a duet sung by Nancy (Bill Sykes’ gal) and her sidekick, Bet. (Truth in advertising: I once played Bet in a Jr. High Production. Ah, those were the days…)

5. Make Them Laugh – Because laughter is the key to adulthood, watch this clip from Singin’ In the Rain whenever you’re feeling blue.

Image: Singin’ in the Rain by elycefeliz via Flickr under a Creative Commons License.

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11 Responses to Tips For Adulthood: Five Inspirational Show Tunes

  1. Matt says:

    What is it with girls and showtunes?
    And for that matter musical comedies?
    Wouldn’t it be a better world if all such “entertainment” were ushered the 9th circle of hell and only dramas presented in London, New York and elsewhere? Bah!

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  3. rachel says:

    What could be beter than a showtune? There’s no tunes like showtunes, is what I say! STick to your Rogers and Hammerstein, Delia!

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