My Favorite Things

My Favorite Things was originally a show tune from The Sound of Music, the famous 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. First introduced by Mary Martin in the original Broadway version, it was sung by Julie Andrews in the film adoption of 1965.

The lyrics speak of the things that Maria loves when she feels bad, such as ‘raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens’. Though sung in a summer thunderstorm both in the show and movie, it has still become a popular song during the Christmas, featuring often on Christmas albums.

The song is distinctive in that it only uses three notes from the scale (Do, Re, and Sol). The main body My Favorite Things is also faintly reminiscent of Edvard Grieg’s In The Hall of the Mountain King, bringing the feeling of dread that comes along with repeated use of the minor key.