A few of my favorite things

21 12 2010

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…ha ha, Maria(Julie Andrews) had such a sweet voice.  Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens.  Remember the movie?  The Sound of Music a classic musical by the very successful duo of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

This show was from 1959 and starred Mary Martin on stage and Julie Andrews on film.  It was a story of the second world war (WWII) and the Von Trapp family.  Seems daddy, Barron Von Trapp was a single father with something like 7 children.  The war was on and the Nazi’s were in Austria and he wanted to get his family out.  He hires this young “governess” for his children named Maria.  Turns out Maria loves music and soon the whole family is singing along to songs now famous such as the Do Reh Me song(not really sure what its called).  They fled Austria(in the movie, in real life they actually boarded a train for Italy) over the mountains into Switzerland, quite dramatic if you’ve seen it.  Well you can figure out what happened, the Baron and Maria fall in love (in real life too) and get married and they all live happily ever after.

so that is the background, but why the song?  It was a song that Maria would sing when times were bad.  She would fill her mind with images of her favorite things like cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels so she wouldn’t  feel so bad.  Kind of like Peter Pan’s happy thoughts or when your daughter can’t sleep and you suggest that she thinks of good things that make her happy or smile.  We all have a little Maria in us.

The story itself was loosely based on a real story of the Von Trapp Family singers.  Much of the story was altered for the production.  Maria was actually a tutor for the children not a governess.  The oldest was a boy not a girl.  As mentioned they boarded a train for Italy they did not flee Cleveland(that was LeBron) or Austria for Switzerland and the Baron(also called the Captain) was not as mean as portrayed.  It was not conceived as a Christmas themed song or story but the wintertime imagery have made it popular during the Christmas season.  The children’s names were changed to protect the innocent(actually to avoid confusion) and Maria wasn’t really a nun pinning for her former home in the mountains.

Still you have to admit, pretty darn entertaining.  enjoy.

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