My Favorite Things

Photos from UAB in Antarctica group on Flickr, related to this post
By Maggie
Posted on 03/02/07

Through the never ending wonders of technology I was able to watch live the International Polar Year opening ceremony held in Washington, DC this past Monday. A question and answer session followed laudatory statements from a panel of distinguished speakers. A woman in the audience stepped up to the microphone to comment on the music of the IPY video. She suggested the inclusion of polar sounds such as ice snap, crackle and popping. I found this quite ironic.

The very night before, I was snuggled into my bivy sac-ed mummy bag for the first time this season. I was reminded how wonderful the sounds of Antarctica are. Away from the drone of the station’s power generators, my campsite along Hero Inlet will lull me to sleep yet another season with sounds of popping ice, cheeping petrel chicks, waves surging offshore, the boom of restless glaciers settling. Yes, music hath charm and as I listened to these melodies and felt the fresh air on my face I thought “these are some of my favorite things”.   

So doing my part to add music of Antarctica to the IPY, I present the following lyrical selection. The melody is not original as Rodgers and Hammerstein will attest and Julie Andrews might not wish to perform this Antarctic version of “My Favorite Things” but…..

 

My Favorite Things  - (Antarctic style)

 

Snowflakes on icebergs and orange beaks on gentoos

Bright midnight twilight and shag eyes of deep blue

Loud calving glaciers that make my ears ring

These are a few of my favorite things

 

Porpoising penguins and seals out on ice floes

Minkes and orcas and humpbacks all below

Krill schools that show with an echosounder ping

These are a few of my favorite things

 

When the wind howls, when the ice stings,

When I’m feeling sad

I simply remember my favorite things

And then I don’t feel so bad

 

Girls in red drysuits with black weight belt buckles

Long dives that just leave me numb to my knuckles

Continent for science sure makes my heart sing

These are a few of my favorite things

 

When the wind howls, when the ice stings,

When I’m feeling sad

I simply remember my favorite things

And then I don’t feel so bad

  

Comments

  1. Re: My Favorite Things
    Posted by Marlene Mirassou on 03/03/07

    Nice lyrics. Now, just get someone to record them and set them to a slideshow of your photos!

    Marlene

    1. Posted by on 03/07/07
      I had not thought of that Marlene! Multimedia presentations! How cool!
  2. Re: My Favorite Things
    Posted by Harlan on 03/03/07

    Brava! Brava! Brava!
    A wonderful broaching of fresh talent from this least known continent. Eagerly awaited are future stanzas of skate, stride and glide.

    1. Posted by on 03/07/07
      Adagio please, I have science to do! However, looking forward to waltzing on skis atop the glacier again this weekend. Ciao!
  3. Re: My Favorite Things
    Posted by Denise McClay on 03/04/07

    I don't think you would be anywhere but there. If you want a career change, you could be a lyricist. Sounds good to me. Keep on writing. Denise

    1. Posted by on 03/07/07
      Denise, I think I'll stick with making music through science! Thanks for writing.
  4. Re: My Favorite Things
    Posted by Gale Copeland on 03/05/07

    I must say, you are a talented lyricist. I enjoyed browsing through your website. The pix are beautiful.....but it's stil too cold for me!! Take care and I look forward to seeing and hearing more. Gale

    1. Posted by on 03/07/07
      Gale, stand by for more great stories and pics from UAB team polar!
  5. Re: My Favorite Things
    Posted by Doug Daughhetee on 03/05/07

    Maggie,
    Evocative - felt a little chill there! I do have some minor suggestions for improving the fit with the rhythm of the music, though - change "humpacks all below" to humpbacks with blowholes", shorten "echosounder pings" to just "echosound pings" (you may need to get a Poetic License) and do something with those "orange beaks on gentoos" - I'm not sure what. It is hard to wax lyrical with orange - perhaps the penguins could be genetically modified to grow red beaks?

    Here is another set of alternative lyrics for "My Favorite Things", describing an experience more like what you get back at Palmer Station. I wrote these words many years ago after working at the Farley nuclear power plant, on the Chattahoochee River near Dothan, Alabama. Enjoy!
    -DWD
    ----
    Tall round containments and long cooling towers,
    High lines and transformers humming with power,
    Sunrise at Farley as birds take to wing,
    These are a few of my favorite things.

    Bearings that rotate while barely vibrating,
    Pumps that are pumping without cavitating,
    Big diesel engines with new piston rings,
    These are a few of my favorite things.

    When the plant trips,
    NRC stings,
    Or I’m feeling sad,
    I simply remember my favorite things,
    And then I don’t feel so bad.

    Cables and breakers and switchgear and motors,
    Feedwater heaters and spare turbine rotors,
    Snubbers and piping and hangers with springs,
    These are a few of my favorite things.

    Quiet control rooms with no lights a-flashing,
    Desktop computers with no networks crashing,
    Only good news when the telephone rings,
    These are a few of my favorite things.

    When the plant trips,
    NRC stings,
    Or the boss gets mad,
    I simply remember my favorite things,
    And then I don’t feel so bad.

    1. Posted by on 03/07/07
      Hi Doug, I love your version - no doubt from the Hills are Alive with the Glow of Nuclear! However, I have the copyright on the Antarctic version and the orange beaks stay! Gentoos are my favorite penguin in part because of the beak and feet color. You live in an almost exclusively black and white and blue world and maybe you will change your tune. Great to read of your writings!
  6. Re: My Favorite Things
    Posted by Melinda Storey on 03/30/07

    Hey, I love the lyrics! I think that I'll ask my student who is doing a Power Point on Antarctica if she'll sing these on her presentation!!!

    1. Posted by Maggie on 03/30/07
      Greetings from Antarctica Melinda. What a compliment - my lyrics being sung on stage! Your student will no doubt present a sparkling multi-media hit! Thanks for your comments and visit us often. Cheers!

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