Your showtune for July 18 is

“Un Mejor Dia Vendra” – Working

Music: James Taylor   Lyrics: Graciela Daniele & Matt Landers

Translated from Spanish, the title of this rueful number is “A Better Day Will Come.”  With a soothing lull that could put anyone at ease, it is sung by migrant workers in this musical about the jobs people have to do in order to survive every day.  Whatever hardship you have to deal with today, stay strong and keep in mind its hopeful message.

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Camposanto, Campo dei Miracoli, Pisa, Italy

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Camposanto, Campo dei Miracoli, Pisa, Italy

Can anyone guess why I love this so much?

The Duomo of Siena

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The Duomo of Siena, Italy

I personally rank the Duomo of Siena as one of my top 10 or 20 favorite churches in all of Europe (and that is saying something, I love architecture).

Your showtune for July 17 is

 

“Disneyland” – Smile          Music: Marvin Hamlisch   Lyrics: Howard Ashman

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“Happily Ever After” – Once Upon a Mattress          Music: Mary Rodgers   Lyrics: Marshall Barer

Disneyland opened on this day in 1955, putting a smile on everyone’s face and making them believe in happy endings.  In “Disneyland” from a musical about beauty pageants entitled Smile, a contestant passionately sings of how her happy ending involves getting to Disneyland.  But everyone wants a happy ending, even non-Disney* princesses like Winifred from Once Upon a Mattress, a musical fairy tale based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and the Pea.  In fact, living happily ever after is all she wants, and it’s almost impossible not to root for the scrappy princess Fred as she belts out her desire in the sensational “Happily Ever After.”

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*Incidentally, Disney produced a film version of Once Upon a Mattress for television in 2005.

Ponte Vecchio in Florence

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The Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy

Ponte Vecchio means “Old Bridge” (unless my italian is super off). This enclosed bridge still has shops peddling their wares from these bridge-top buildings. The bridge dates back to at least 996 CE, but was reconstructed in 1333 CE.

Your showtune for July 16 is

“Midsummer New York” – New York Rock

Music and Lyrics: Yoko Ono

It’s the middle of summer.  Time to forget your troubles and enjoy yourself.  Shimmy to this entertaining wallop of a tune and you won’t soon remember them.  The number from this show featuring the music of Yoko Ono harkens back to the early days of rock and roll and a time when it seemed all problems could be solved through song.

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Palladian Building in Vicenza, Italy

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Palladian Building in Vicenza, Italy

I believe that this building, by the inestimable Palladio, is actually a Basilica. I cannot remember exactly, but it is beautiful in any event.