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Sunday, February 21, 2010

oh, oscar

Oscar Hammerstein.

Lyric writer for songs from popular musicals such as the Sound of Music, the King and I, OKLAHOMA!, and South Pacific.

Wrote this note to Mary Martin, the original "Nellie Forebush" in the OBC of South Pacific. It was given to her one evening five minutes before the curtain came up for the opening number:

"A bell's not a bell 'til you ring it.
A song's not a song 'til you sing it.
Love in your heart wasn't put there to stay.
Love isn't love 'til you give it away!”
-Oscar Hammerstein

He was on his death bed.
She performed with more passion than ever. She gave her love away that evening.

The pastor in our church today quoted Hammerstein in his service today. He asked us to name popular Rogers and Hammerstein musicals. I was sitting in the front row with a fellow Broadway-nerd. We shouted them loud and proud.

I want to make my song a song by singing. I want to give away the love in my heart.

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