The Hills are Alive…

… with the sound of music!

I can’t get this song out of my head after watching The Sound of Music this week.  I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that this was my first viewing of this iconic film musical.  I may have seen part of it, once when I was pretty young, but I didn’t remember it at all.


A couple years ago, friends from church gave us a collectible gift set of the DVD along with two books with history of the musical and film (thank you, Cecils!).  But, between life being busy and Sienna too young to appreciate it, we had yet to watch it.  This week Sienna has been home sick from school, so yesterday afternoon we started it.

Oh my gosh.  I love it!!  We only got through a little over an hour of the film before we had to start dinner.  Then the  boys didn’t share our enthusiasm for the musical when they got home that evening. I went to bed wondering when I’d carve out time to watch the rest. We only have one TV in the house, which is my preference, but that means I rarely get to pick what we watch. My exclamations of “It’s so amazing!  You’ll love it, Babe!” weren’t making much of an impact on Dennis.

sound of music

Luckily, the kids awoke really early and Sienna’s coughing was keeping her from going back to sleep.  Around 5:30 a.m. I conspiratorially asked her, “Are you asleep?  Do you want to go watch the rest of The Sound of Music?”  She did so we crept out of her bed, got our robes on, started the coffee, and were settled in to enjoy the film in the cozy morning darkness.

Could the scene between Maria and Captain Von Trapp be any more romantic?!

I skipped through much of my day humming songs from the film.  And now I want to watch everything Julie Andrews ever did.  Mary Poppins is next, which is another film I cannot recall ever seeing before.  What’s my problem?

Are you like this?  Do you want to research and learn everything you can about a film, play, musical, author, etc. after seeing or reading something amazing?   I sure do.  In that spirit, here are a few fun facts about The Sound of Music:

1. Because the youngest child actors were growing during filming, shoe lifts kept their relative heights consistent, and false teeth were available to replace baby teeth lost during the shoot.

2. Julie Andrews sang “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” to the children in the cast to entertain them between shooting. Since Mary Poppins (1964) hadn’t yet been released, they just thought she’d made up the song for them.

3. When Maria is running through the courtyard to the Von Trapp house in “I Have Confidence”, she trips. This was an accident; however, director Robert Wise liked this so much that he kept it in the movie. He felt it added to the nervousness of the song and of the character.

Are you a fan of The Sound of Music?  I’d love to hear from others who love this film!

1 thought on “The Hills are Alive…”

  1. I love The Sound of Music and was surprised that you had not watched it as a child. Like you, I love the music and even sang one of the songs for an annivsersary party. I have also seen a film and then watched many of the films the lead actor had starred in! You will probably love to watch old musicals, because the music is wonderful! xo

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