Happy New Year, all! I have a mild case of childhood angst that's resurfacing for me with the release of Steven Spielberg's remake of "West Side Story." Growing up in the 1970s, there wasn't a person my parents introduced me to who didn't immediately belt out "Maria, I've just met a girl named Maria, and suddenly that name, will never be the same to me…" That was by far the most sung-to-me-song of my childhood and early adult years – and I HATED it! I felt so singled out when adults I didn't even know sang an icky love song to me! Even my mom sang it to me ALL THE TIME! LOL!
And then I also had a few friends who liked to torture me with "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?" from "The Sound of Music" and "Take a Letter, Maria" by (I had to look this up) R.B. Greaves. Suffice to say, I'm older and wiser and now believe the masterpiece music of Leonard Bernstein and (most of) the Stephen Sondheim lyrics from "West Side Story" are beyond brilliant. The score is my all-time favorite now. But, wow, it took me a LONG time to get over those scars of my childhood. So, I ask you, were any songs directed at you ad nauseum for whatever reason: your name is in it, a nickname, or some other reason? Or is it just me?! Would love to hear some other it's-my-name song "horror" stories! 😊
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