My Favorite Things

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

Published: 01 Oct 2011 Updated: 03 Oct 2022Visits: 1125Code: UL519

INSTRUMENTS: Jazz Main: Any Others: Ukulele Guitar ANY
Subjects: Jazz • Repertoire • Standard • Waltz

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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.

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.

(Curt) As a jazz musician the John Coltrane recording was my introduction to My Favorite Things.

My Favorite Things is the seventh studio album by jazz musician John Coltrane , released in March 1961 on Atlantic Records. It was the first album to feature Coltrane playing soprano saxophone. An edited version of the title track became a hit single that gained popularity in 1961 on radio. The record became a major commercial success.

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My Favorite Things…

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 patterns 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.

My Favorite Things is in the The Daily Ukulele 365 Songs for Better Living book.

Strum a different song every day with easy arrangements of 365 of your favorite songs in one big songbook! The Daily Ukulele features ukulele arrangements with melody, lyrics and uke chord grids and are in ukulele-friendly keys that are particularly suited for groups of one to one hundred to play and sing.

My Favorite Things is on my, 2015 How About More Uke?, The Curt Sheller Jazz Trio CD.

“Curt, your CD was fantastic. You are amongst the ukulele masters of our day.” — John K.

My Favorite Things is on my, 2002 Midnight at the Jazz Cafe, The Curt Sheller Trio CD.

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Release Date: December 2, 2015

How About More Uke?

How About More Uke? — A collection of jazz standards, original compositions by myself (Curt Sheller), Chuck Anderson and Jim Beloff / Herb Otha. Featuring Curt Sheller: `ukulele, Eric Schreiber: bass and Ed Rick: drums.

10 Minute Demo of How About More Uke? CD

Midnight at the Jazz Cafe

My Favorite Things is available on my 2002 Jazz Trio CD: Midnight at the Jazz Cafe.

With the help of two great musicians, I’m allowed to put together some melodies and chords and capture a little jazz for the first time on CD. I’ve picked some of my favorite songs and thrown in a couple of originals. I hope you enjoy this slice of time in my musical career and development.

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My Favorite Things - Lead Sheet

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Leadsheet for the All The Things You Are Premium Play-along Track.

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My Favorite Things - Premium Play-along Track

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

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From How About More Uke? CD - Curt Sheller Trio

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My Favorite Things

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Harmonic Analysis (RMA) Worksheet for the song: "My Favorite Things".

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My Favorite Things - Lead Sheet

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My Favorite Things - Melody and Chord Ukulele Arrangement

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My Favorite Things from Midnight at the Jazz Cafe

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

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

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

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From How About More Uke? CD - Curt Sheller Trio

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My Favorite Things - iRealb file

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