This year is the 50th anniversary of my favorite film, The Sound of Music.
[Moment of silence to appreciate its brilliance and perfection, please.]
So, I decided to dedicate a blog post to my lifelong obsession with the music, cast and storyline of this classic movie!
When I was a child, I loved the family’s adventures. When Maria and the children skipped around Salzburg wearing repurposed bedroom curtains, I dreamed of joining them. I was entranced by the happy tunes. “Do-Re-Me,” “So Long, Farewell” and “My Favorite Things” had me singing, dancing and giggling.
As a teenager, I loved the love in the film. The budding romance between Liesl and Rolf, the love that slowly developed between Maria and the Captain. It was dreamy, romantic. “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and “Something Good” were my new favorites.
As I learned more about World War II, which has always held a special interest to me, I grew to appreciate the storyline. I was curious about the family’s experience and found myself researching the real Von Trapps. As I took more and more history classes, and repeatedly watched the movie, I caught more references. Understood what was going on. “Edelweiss” and “So Long, Farewell” (when sung in concert at the end of the film) both tugged at my heartstrings.
Then, when I was 20, I had the privilege of visiting Salzburg, Austria. Even better, I went with the very person with whom I grew up watching the movie – my sister. I remember sitting on the train to Salzburg, winding through snowy mountains and listening to the soundtrack on repeat. Visiting the city was absolutely magical and I’m so happy that I was able to visit. I dream of returning someday.
After studying abroad, I found myself identifying with Maria’s longing for adventure. Her need to be in the mountains. To feel like they were calling her.
Today, I feel a combination of everything. I love the joy and happy songs, but appreciate the hard reality of the family’s experience in Austria. I am in love with the love between Maria and Captain Von Trapp. I love the music. I get goosebumps (and sometimes teary) when I listen to Christopher Plummer singing “Edelweiss.” Both times.
I watch the movie several times a year and always learn something, always take away something new.
My other reaction to the movie, of course, is that I love Julie Andrews. She is truly magical, so talented. A legend. It breaks my heart that she is no longer able to sing. The sound of her voice means so much to me, and I wish she could still share her gift with the world.
So, what are your memories with The Sound of Music? What does it mean to you?