Sunday, August 24, 2014

Bridge Over...

This is a picturesque bridge somewhere near Harpswell. It has no historical significance, that I know of, other than it will prevent you from getting wet if you walk or drive over it. Back in high school my friend Tom, and I got to watching this WW2 movie, "The Bridge Over the River Kwai" (Academy Award for Best Picture 1954). Tom, as I remember, loved anything Sinatra and books or movies on war and cigarettes. I liked books. Let's leave it at that. Of course I had to learn to like them. In high school, we had a summer reading list of 8 books we had to read. Others complained, but I kind of looked forward to the challenge of completing them over the 8 weeks. Books and I got sucked together over those four years. I hardly left the house without a paperback stuffed in my back bluejeans' pocket. Ah... those high school years. We watched the movie downstairs at his house. I was a bit bored with it to tell you the truth, but I just had to wait out the ending to see if that bridge was going to get blown sky high. Best part of that movie? Oh, you know it if you've seen it. The theme song that they whistled through the movie.
Even now, if I ever want to immediately give myself goosebumps, I whistle that song.
Heck, I'm tappin' my foot right now!
btw The tune is aka "The Colonel Bogey March".
Written back in 1914, it was made famous later by the incomparably Mitch Miller.
Dare ya to listen to it a couple of times and not start the whistle and the toe tappin'.
Betcha can't! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB8F8g1-4Uw

19 comments:

  1. Probably wouldn't enjoy The Railway Man, then. No bridges get blown up, as I recall. And there was no one whistling Bridge Over the River Kwai. :-)

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  2. You know, I didn't much care for the movie. Just shows what a shallow person I am.

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  3. I loved the movie and now I'm whistling.

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  4. Ha! Ha! I feel exactly the same!

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  5. It's been a very long time since I've seen that movie.

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  6. I remember that movie quite well, but it's been a long time since I've seen it!

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  7. You already got it going in my head. Will I be able to sleep tonight?

    We both went to Jesuit high schools. I remember being terrified by the size of the summer reading list before freshman year.

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  8. I see that as a boy you and your friend did not blow up this bridge. Good choice.

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  9. If I am humming that at 3 a.m., I will find you . . .

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  10. Very hummable/whistleable indeed!!

    Loved the perspective of the image!

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  11. Love this photo; the wood photographed beautifully.

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  12. It's nearly midnight in Perth Birdman, way too late to start tapping and whistling.. maybe in the morning I'll accept your challenge :)

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  13. Ah, perfect photo/memory pairing. What were the eight books?

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  14. Cool bridge, cool tune . . . wish I could whistle . . .

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