Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Goodbye Robert Sherman...Thank You

I am sitting here in complete and utter sadness.

I have learned that one of the Disney greats has passed away today.  Robert Sherman has passed away at the age of 86 in London.

For those unaware (though if you read this blog, I'm sure you are aware), Robert Sherman and his brother Richard Sherman, otherwise known as the Sherman Brothers wrote some of the most iconic music that we all know and love.  They were hand picked by Walt to create such great and timeless music for the movies and also the theme parks.

These men created some of the most catchy music you'll ever hear.  Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers, In The Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room, and perhaps their most famous song, It's A Small World (After All). 

Robert Sherman was one who seemed to shy away from the spotlight the last few years.  He hasn't been seen at Disney events in years and he's certainly not one you heard a lot about.  But this man, he really has created some of the best music of our generation. 

I don't pretend to be a Disney historian.  I don't pretend to know a lot about the ins and outs of these sorts of things...but that doesn't mean that I don't have this huge sense of grief in my heart.  We really did loose a great man today...there is no denying that.

While I don't consider myself a huge history aficionado, I took it upon myself to recently watch the movie The Boys:  The Sherman Brothers Story.  It was one of those movies that I recorded on my DVR and said that I vowed to watch it some day.  I had wanted to see it, but sitting down to watch it was always something I'd put off.  Luckily, just a few short months ago, Brian finally put the movie on and I was enthralled.

It was such a moving story.  I had always wondered what had happened to the "other" Sherman Brother, given the fact that Richard always seemed so public.  The movie taught me so much about these two amazing brothers.  It touched my heart and it saddened me to learn that they never did seem to reconcile.

So this is my request...to honor the memory of such an amazing talent, whether you've watched it before or you are watching it for the first time, I think we should all watch this movie, and reflect on the incredible work this duo has amassed.   

Just remember...there really is a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.  Thank you Robert Sherman.


Drop a dream said...

Heres a video of Robert Sherman's speech recorded for the Main Street window ceremony at Disneyland RIP Robert Sherman.
RIP Robert Sherman.
Disney has lost one of its Legends, and millions of us have lost a genius who scored the soundtrack of our youths.

Anonymous said...

His passing was indeed a shock. What an astounding contribution they made to the magic that is Disney. (on a side note, I was quizzing my 10 yr old before her Civil War test at school; I asked her a question to which the answer was General Sherman, but she called out "the Sherman brothers!" Haha, do you think we discuss Disney a bit too much? : )