My Favorite Things

From the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music.

Published: Oct 1, 2011 Updated: Nov 10, 2015

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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 song 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 is a 1961 jazz album by John Coltrane. It is considered by many jazz critics and listeners to be a highly significant and historic recording. It was the first session recorded by Coltrane on the Atlantic label, the first to introduce his new quartet featuring McCoy Tyner (Piano), Elvin Jones (Drums) and Steve Davis (Bass) - neither Jimmy Garrison nor Reggie Workman featured as yet.

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Midnight at the Jazz Cafe

My Favorite Things is available on my 2002 Jazz Trio CD: Midnight at the Jazz Cafe. The CD is available right here on the LearningUkulele.com eStore

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My Favorite Things - Lead Sheet

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My Favorite Things - How About More Uke? CD - Curt Sheller Trio

From the How About More Uke? CD by the Curt Sheller Trio. Recorded at MorningStar Studios in East Norriton, PA Summer and Fall of 2015. Released December 2, 2015


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My Favorite Things - Melody and Chord Ukulele Arrangement

This is the melody and chord ukulele arrangement that I perform in concert and is on the How About More Uke CD.

My Favorite Things from Midnight at the Jazz Cafe

Recording from the Midnight at the Jazz Cafe with the Curt Sheller Trio.

My Favorite Things - Demo Recording by Curt Sheller over the backing tracks

** My Favorite Things** backing track demos with guitar taking the melody and solos.

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My Favorite Things

Recorded at the Gershwin Hotel, New York Uke Fest, May 31, 2009.

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