Some of my earliest remembories are lying on the living room floor, listening to Broadway musicals captured on vinyl: My Fair Lady; South Pacific; The King and I. Music floated from our German hi fi record player coupled with a radio with preset stations throughout Europe. The cabinet in that pale 1960s wood looked like a piece of furniture, ”multimedia” center.
When going to the movies was a birthday present, Julie Andrews, arms wide open, invited me into her special world. I’ve seen the film many times since then, but not with the same wide-eyed wonder.
The Alps framed the opening and closing sequences and if I close my eyes, I can see Maria singing, “the hills are alive with the sound of music.” As the closing music swells, I look down from dizzying heights, the Von Trapp family walk through an alpine meadow. The living room songs, crafted by my childhood imagining, really became alive with the sounds of music.
Carefully place the stereo needle carefully in the grooves; The Sound of Music had a rebirth in 2000. As Wikipedia notes:
Sing-A-Long Sound of Music revival screenings began in London, where the audience was encouraged to sing along to lyrics superimposed on the screen. Audiences would dress in costume and hold contests at screenings. The revival continued to tour globally following [a] New York run. A sing-a-long screening at the Hollywood Bowl was featured in an extra on the 2-DVD set.*
So, “when the dog barks, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad, I simply remember my favo(u)rite things, and then I don’t feel so bad.”
The Sound of Music (Photo credit: Andrew3000)
*A squeaky clean alternative to the Rocky Horror Picture show and its participatory audiences, lol.