My Favorite Things

I’m a music fanatic. I have over 14,000 songs on my iPod and many more CDs and records (yes, vinyl LPs) around the house. It’s nearly impossible to choose one song as my favorite because I’ve heard so much beautifully written and performed music during my lifetime.

Since I have to choose a song, I’ll pick “My Favorite Things” by John Coltrane. If you listen to this version thinking that it will sound like the Julie Andrews’ version from “The Sound of Music,” you will be sorely disappointed. But if you want to hear a song that epitomizes jazz music, this it it.

This song is amazing. At nearly 14 minutes long, it takes you on an aural journey. I often isolate each instrument as I listen to enjoy the interplay between the musicians. Obviously John Coltrane’s saxophone skills are unparalleled, but McCoy Tyner (piano), Elvin Jones (drums), and Steve Davis (bass) are equally impressive.

I first heard Coltrane’s version of “My Favorite Things” in a class called “Blacks in the Arts” when I was in college. After class, I went to the library to read more about Coltrane. I couldn’t afford to buy any of his music because I didn’t have any extra money, but I devised a plan to acquire some. I bet one of my friends that I would score higher on an upcoming test than she would. If I won, she’d have to purchase the “My Favorite Things” CD for me. If I lost, I had to buy her a concert ticket. I never studied harder for a test in my life. I scored a 96 and she scored a 92. Best of all, I scored one of my favorite CDs of all time.

 

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Frederick J. Goodall is the founder of Mocha Dad - a parenting website focused on fatherhood. He is passionate about parenting and helping men to be great dads, husbands, and role models. You can contact him at fjgoodall@mochadad.com or on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/mochadad
  1. I remember that “Blacks in the Arts” class! I remember much of the class not really digging the classic jazz, by and large, though.

    That is, until Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” came up on the playlist. That’s my favorite jazz song ever.

    As for my favorite song, period, though? At first I was going to write “I don’t know,” but then I remembered these two pieces by Outside: “To Forgive but Not Forget” and “Transmigration.” In that order, but still a dead heat.

  2. Good heavens! You literally have 10 times the number of songs I have. “Shuffle” must be awesome for you.

    As I sit and think about it, I’m still unable to come up with a favorite song. So many different pieces mean different things to me and I find it hard to compare across genres. But I’ll agree with you that “My Favorite Things” is a great piece of music.

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