EDITOR’S DESK: A few of my favorite things — Crestview edition

Published: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 04:50 PM.

I have a musical state of mind this week. Of course, there’s no shortage of lyrical must-see entertainment.

Crestview resident Mike Smith’s “Generations: A Collection of Black American Music” appears Friday at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville and Ted Virgil’s “Rocky Mountain High,” a John Denver tribute concert, runs Saturday at the Fort Walton Beach High School Auditorium.

Not to mention “Red Leg the Dreaded,” a pirate-themed interactive murder mystery and dinner theatre coming to Foxwood Country Club on Feb. 28, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life Crestview team Duke It Out. It’s not musical — that I know of — but doesn’t it make you think of the song “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life For Me”)?

However, those events just compound the feeling, which actually began Monday morning. I knew it would be a long, productive day and wanted to start it right. Especially with my birthday coming up on Thursday. As you age — at least, this is true for me — you want to do things differently; mix things up so that, in my case, 31 years old is different from 30. Usually, on the ride over, I listen to country, pop or Southern Gospel. That’s too predictable for a birthday week, though!

So I lifted one of my dubious, but appreciated, early-birthday gifts, a CD soundtrack of the live NBC production “The Sound of Music,” off my bedroom dresser, popped it open and listened on the ride to work. I’m no musical expert like Brian Hughes, our Arts and Entertainment editor, but the CD has timeless standards that many people know right off the bat.

So I drove to work, sang along with the man’s part of “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” — one thing I constantly hear from family members is how I “waste my talents”; tenor here, and don’t often get to exercise those vocal cords — and walked in the office at 8:05 with a spring in my step.

But before arriving at the office — after playing “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” six or seven times to get the lyrics right and play with vibrato — the “My Favorite Things” track creeped in, and that was the inspiration for this column.

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