Wednesday, July 15, 2015

"Lincoln Maritime - July" watercolor & ink 4 x 6

I love the festive flags and bunting that adorn the buildings in July, and Hingham's Lincoln Maritime Center is no exception.  I always have, and as I write this, I think it's all due to Robert Preston. 

"The Music Man" movie, 1962, with Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, etc, is filled with holiday bunting.  The movie takes place during one summer in fictional River City, Iowa.  A lot of the movie's fabulous singing and dancing takes place in front of red, white, and blue bunting.  "The Music Man" was my Dad's favorite, and we grew up knowing every lyric, every move, every nuance.  I remember Dad telling us that the melody of "Good Night, My Someone" was the same as "76 Trombones", and I tried and tried to hear it.  I think I pretended I could (but I lied) .. now I can.  I loved the barbershop quartet, and sang along to "Lida Rose" and "Goodnight Ladies"... all the while, absorbing the patriotic bunting backdrop.  (Click the link above for the rousing win-them-over-by-hijacking-the-assembly-in-the-gym scene.)

Thanks for reminiscing with me, and thanks for looking.


  1. I don't think I've ever seen the movie, or at least not all of it. I do remember my high school putting on a huge play of it, I think when I was in 8th grade and we went on a field trip to the high school to see it. It was an awesome production. My high school did have a magnificent theater group. Anyway, your painting is just so wonderful, Jody!

  2. Thanks, Crimson. If you like musicals... it's a winner, though get the movie that is letter-boxed, else you'll miss the beautifully designed scenes.

  3. Oh my Jody, I love the Music Man and I even participated in a Speech Festival and performed "We've got trouble, right here, right here in River City"...and you know how much I love your painting sketches xoxoxo

    1. Pam, you must have phenomenal memory! It was interesting for me to ponder why the July bunting is so appealing, aside from my patriotic side. "The Music Man" came jumping right to the front of my brain!