On Friday afternoons during the production of “Mary Poppins,” Walt Disney would call Richard Sherman, (of the Sherman brothers who composed the “Mary Poppins” music), to his office. Facing the window, he would say “Play it,” at which point, Sherman would sit at the piano and play “Feed the Birds.” Walt would stand pensively at the window, misty eyed.
Long after Walt Disney passed away, Sherman would still stop into his office on a Friday afternoon and play the song that was so near to Disney’s heart.
Though the song “When you Wish Upon a Star” is the hallmark of Disney, “Feed the Birds” is essential to what Walt stood for: the idea that it does not take much to show love whether it is manifested in a bag of bird seed, or a ten minute cartoon about a steamboat and one very special mouse.
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Not in death, but just in sleep, the fateful prophecy you’ll keep. And from this slumber shall you wake, when true love’s kiss, the spell shall break. - Sleeping Beauty (1959)
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