Nobody sings it better than Julie Andrews…
Of course you recognize the tune from My Fair Lady. The original London cast paired Julie Andrews, as Eliza Doolittle a spirited Cockney flower girl, with Rex Harrison as Professor Henry Higgins, an avowed bachelor and general all around curmudgeon.
Sadly, too few My Fair Lady fans realize that the musical was inspired by the Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion a far more sophisticated theatrical critique of the British class system. And in turn, Shaw uses the Pygmalion myth from Ovid’s Metamorphoses as his muse.
I have always liked Wouldn’t it Be Loverly and when in private I give my best attempt at imitating Eliza’s Cockney accent. The message of the song is loverly as well—a wish for a simple and secure life.
So, here’s the question… How do we guide our children to discover what is truly valuable for a happy life? seemingly simple necessities such as shelter, warmth, and food in an increasingly materialistic world?