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Guest: How Have I Never Seen This? Part II

Courtesy of Cindy | Cindy's 50/50 Challenge | Originally posted 2.26.2012

I feel as if I have lived part of my life under a rock. I had never seen
The Sound of Music until last night. I don’t know how that is possible. I spoke to my mother this morning and she was surprised to hear this; she has watched it several times. After talking about this with my mom, I recall leaving the room when the theme music for programming my parents watched began to play (I Love Lucy and Mash come to mind). Well, that might explain my childhood and adolescence, but I have long outgrown those years. Where have I been?

I don’t hear people discussing this, but it seems to me most people have seen this movie. I pinned The Sound of Music on my Pinterest board last night and it has been repinned over and over with comments of how it is a favorite. My friend Kelly wrote, “LOVE this movie! I’ve been on the Sound of Music tour twice in Salzburg. Plus I saw the movie in London (2001) at a theatre with sing along & all kinds of fun interaction, kinda like Rocky Horror Picture Show (I’ve heard— haven’t seen it). First time I saw this movie was when I was about 10 years old & stayed home sick from school at my grandma’s. :-)” I would love to do this! What a great experience (not the being sick part).

Let’s start with what I did know about the movie before my first viewing last night. I had seen Andrews sing and dance to “The Sound of Music” (I had no idea this was the very beginning of the movie, I always assumed it was somewhere in the middle). I also knew it won several Academy Awards. That is it.

On to things I didn’t know. Christopher Plummer (starred opposite Julie Andrews) was a very handsome fellow with a wonderful voice! I thought the song “ My Favorite Things” was a lovely little tune that comes around every Christmas to assist us with our shopping lists (I finally know where it originated). What shocks me most is that this famous musical is based on real people. Maria Von Trapp’s memoirs were created into a book and then later Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote music and lyrics to the now infamous musical. The musical fairy didn’t create this after all. I had no idea!

I never declared a major/minor when I first signed up for the 50/50 challenge, but I have now decided to declare a major in Musicals. I need to crawl out from under the rock and see some of these wonderful classics. I give The Sound of Music five stars. I will definitely see it again and I hope I will be fortunate enough to see it on stage one day.

Some of my favorite lines from the movie (none of the quotes below are interrelated, I just like them):

Kurt: Only grown-up men are scared of women.

Maria: You know how Sister Berthe always makes me kiss the floor after we’ve had a disagreement? Well, lately I’ve taken to kissing the floor whenever I see her coming, just to save time.

Kurt: I haven’t had so much fun since the day we put glue on Fräulein Josephine’s toothbrush

Maria: [saying her bed time prayers] I forgot the other boy.

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