Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Champagne Book of the Month Club: Ah-One, Ah-Two! Life with My Musical Family

Right now, as I prepare to head for Branson tomorrow, it's that time again for another installment of the Champagne Book of the Month Club.

Today, we will profile Ah-One, Ah-Two! Life with My Musical Family.

Originally published in 1974 by Prentice-Hall, it's a follow up to Wunnerful, Wunnerful! that talks about the Maestro's triumphant return to television after being canceled by the ABC Network. He teams up again with Bernice McGeehan to give the reader all the drama that went on, and how they were able to get the show on syndication.

The book also talks about life on the road, when the Musical Family go on their summer concert tour across the USA, including their successful show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

One of the most intriguing aspects in the book was when Lawrence and the Music Makers went through a period of apathy and low morale shortly after going into syndication and how it came to a head at a meeting of the production staff.

Dramatic stuff indeed, but there are some lighter moments too...

There's the origins of "The Wig Bit" which was popular on the live shows, the time he flirted with rock 'n' roll and went "hippie", how he trains his Musical Family and celebrating his seventieth birthday.

It's a terrific book, filled with heart warming stories and then some! And perfect reading if one has down time on vacation.

Like I'll be doing in Branson.

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