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It's my happy place.

square1Mom took us to children’s theater. Pirates and princesses flash briefly in my mind’s eye, but Annie is the first clear moving picture, like seeing a cornflower blue spring sky through a freshly cleaned window.

I sat in the balcony looking down on a ragamuffin girl about my age singing and dancing with her friends. She told a story of never giving up, a simple idea that’s not always easy to put into practice. Annie lived through the depression, being an orphan, losing her parents. She even lost her dog, Sandy — the stray she found on the street and kept as her own.

My little heart grew a million times for this little girl I didn’t know. And I especially felt sorry that she’d lost her furry friend. Then, towards the end of the show during the Christmas scene at Daddy Warbucks’ house, a HUGE box with a big red bow was wheeled onto the stage. From my perch up high, I saw Sandy’s light brown fur as they lifted the lid before the dog hit his cue and popped out of the box. Tears welled in my eyes, and I haven’t been the same since.

*dabs eyes with tissue*

There’s nothing like a live performance, a lesson I learned at the age of 6. As for the positivity of being on the bright side and knowing that the sun will come out tomorrow, well, I think I was born with that.  In Annie, I just found my soul sister.

From the 1977 Tony Awards, with the original cast (before my time):

*Tomorrow is the first song (after a lil’ explanation), but this montage of songs features the best of the bunch, except the Herbert Hoover song, which I always loved.


This post is part of the Blogging A to Z Challenge. My theme is Musical Memoir. Each Monday through Saturday (and Sunday, April 1), I explore personal memories through my love of music, inspired and coordinated by the letters of the alphabet. Join in the fun and participate in the challenge. Or leave a comment and enjoy some conversation. Thanks for reading. Peace.

13 thoughts on “A to Z: Annie

  1. John Holton says:

    Did you happen to watch “Young Sheldon” the other night? It ties in with this post really well. Great start! Looking forward to the next 25.

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    1. Tara says:

      I didn’t. I’ve never seen The Big Bang Theory or this new show. I’ll have to check it out!

      Thanks so much!

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  2. sorryless says:

    There’s nothing quite like theater. And when you have a memory like this . . that’s just beautiful.

    Happy Easter!

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    1. Tara says:

      Fenks. Happy Easter to you!

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      1. sorryless says:

        Hope yours was a good one!

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  3. Robin says:

    Live theater and live music are some of my favorite things in life. Whenever there’s mention of Annie, I think of my youngest granddaughter who sang songs from the musical almost non-stop for about a year after she saw it in the theater. 🙂

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    1. Tara says:

      Me, too! Glad to find another theater lover, Robin! A year? Well, I’m STILL singing it, perhaps not nonstop, though…. depends on the day. 🙂 ha

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  4. Mom says:

    Loved this post. Brought back many memories, perfect for an Easter Sunday!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tara says:

      Thanks, Mom!

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  5. ghostmmnc says:

    It must have been wonderful to see a stage play of the Annie story. I remember taking my girls to the movies to see it. I was just thinking of that song, Tomorrow, this morning. 🙂 Looking forward to more of your musical posts.

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    1. Tara says:

      Thank you! It’s a peppy song, good for any day! 🙂

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  6. Anxious Mom says:

    I’ve never seen it live, but I so love the 1982 film version ❤

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    1. Tara says:

      Me, too. An awesome flick.

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