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My Favorite Things

My Favorite Things is a show tune from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music.

The song was first introduced by Mary Martin in the original Broadway production, and sung by Julie Andrews in the 1965 film adaptation.

In the musical, the lyrics to the song are a litany of things that Maria loves, such as "raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens." These are the things she selects to fill her mind with when times get bad and sad.

As a jazz musician I was turned on to this songs by the John Coltrane recording.

The song has been recorded hundreds of times. Jazz artist John Coltrane did an extended, close to fourteen-minute version on his 1961 album taken from the title of the song. It became a jazz classic and a signature for Coltrane in concert, also appearing on New Thing at Newport and Live at the Half Note: One Down, One Up in 1965, and Live at the Village Vanguard Again! in 1966. Coltrane's version differs significantly from the song as originally conceived; using modal patters and being much darker and more frenzied in feel.

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  • My Favorite Things - Melody and Chord Ukulele Arrangement

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