Here are a couple of my favourite children's book characters by Roger Hargreaves (England's 2nd bestselling author of the last decade -- after J.K. Rowling as reported by The Guardian in 2009).
May I present: Mr. Happy and Little Miss Sunshine!
As readers of this blog can attest, I also love pictures of a certain actor (especially those rare shots of him smiling)... So when I find a picture of said actor reading a book and smiling!... BINGO! All systems are GO!
|Richard Armitage performing the audio book Hamlet |
adapted by A. J. Hartley, and David Hewson for Audible.
Music also makes me happy...
This is a song which I sing to myself quite a bit when I need a little cheering up.
I really like this version sung by (not only) June Carter, of the Carter Family fame but with the bonus of her husband Johnny Cash and their daughter Carlene.
Keep on the Sunny Side (Blenkhorn and Entwistle)
I remember this next song from my childhood and it brings back many happy memories.
I didn't realize until recently that it was written by Marvin Hamlisch.
I saw a documentary about him a couple of months ago.
He certainly knew how to make himself happy. He gave up a promising career as a classical pianist to write music for Broadway plays and soundtracks for films.
He met Barbara Streisand when she was performing Funny Girl on stage, and later worked with her when he wrote the sound track for the movie The Way We Were. He also worked with Woody Allen for the sound track of his movie Bananas.
He earned many awards over his lifetime, but better even than that -- he enjoyed his work,
which was essentially - entertaining the public (making people happy).
Sunshine Lollipops and Rainbows (by Marvin Hamlisch)
Notice that singer Lesley Gore is wearing yellow?
And yes, that song is so sweet it could rot your teeth.
Here is my favourite summer camp song:
If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gum drops,That really would rot your teeth!
Oh what a world it would be...
Standing outside with my mouth open wide
Ah, ah, ah-ah, ah, ah, ah-ah, ah, ah-ah!
If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gum drops,
Oh what a world it would be!
Then there were those delightfully crazy yellow minions from the Despicable Me film and its sequel.
They certainly made me happy -- hilariously so!
I didn't realize there were so many animated short films about these critters!
Here is one where they are fighting over a banana.
Despicable Me 2 had such an upbeat song (which should have won the best song Oscar instead of that overwrought outpouring from Frozen! --Don't hit me!)
I know the song has been overplayed on the airwaves but I'm not sick of it yet. I love the Youtube version with Pharrell Williams in it, but I can't resist this version either.
Richard Armitage -- HAPPY / by Crystal Chandlyre
Lately, it makes me very happy to read so many stage door fan encounters with Richard Armitage as he plays the role of John Proctor in the Old Vic's production of The Crucible. There is even a blog which collects all those experiences! http://thecrucibleexperience.wordpress.com/
and a Facebook page called 'Richard Armitage in The Crucible' Appreciation Page
The play has been getting rave reviews from critics, regular theatre attendees and fans alike.
I thank Servetus @ Me + Richard Armitage blog and Perry @ Armitage Agonistes blog for keeping the fans up-to-date with the flurry of tweets, instagram pictures and Tumblr posts after each performance.
This is one of my favourite bloggers reactions to seeing The Crucible: Maria Grazia @Fly High .
Judi, who blogs at Confessions of a Watcher imagines Richard Armitage's feelings about the opening night success of his current play: The Crucible at London's the Old Vic in a lovely story called Happiness: http://www.jagrant.com/watcher/happiness/
Yes folks, Richard Armitage has come a long way
from his long ago (but never-to-be forgotten) stage role as a dancing banana!
Well, I'm no Bccmee -- but he's yellow! (That's all I'm sayin')...