Can you hear the melody?
Imagine standing in the Alps, looking, dancing and frolicking in the sun like the von Trapp family.
It's a must. Yes, we took the Sound of Music Tour which was has many of it's scenes filmed along the borders of Germany and Austria. It was first performed in 1959 and made a new awakening in 1964 when this musical was recognized as a Broadway Show and hit the streets of New York with a healthy 1442-performance run.
Do you know that many Europeans have not seen the musical?
Leopold's Crown Palace (Schloss Leopoldskron) The terrace scenes at the rear of the Captain's villa, overlooking the lake. Do you remember when Maria and the children stood up in the boat and fell into the water?
I'm glad that these family members decided to stay seated. Another beautiful forest with crystal clear lakes and snow-capped mountains in southern Germany. Do you recognize any of these people?
Here is a picture of the Glass Gazebo in the gardens of the Von Trapp Villa. This is where the song "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" was produced. It poured that day!!! And this photo gives true evidence.
You saw this picture earlier in my last post. The Untersberg Mountain rises majestically behind the area of the Hohensalzburg Fortress. (Konzert Venue) On top of the this mountain was the location, used to film the scenes of the von Trapp family dressed in traditional clothes as if they were hiking on an outing in the mountains. They were actually trying to flee for safety.
The von Trapp family dressed in their hiking clothes. I love Julie Andrews. What an actor!!
A trip down to Mondsee, a half hour drive through beautiful rolling alps. Here is where the wedding scene was filmed. I could of spent hours here....living my wedding all over.
This is me, walking down to the music of Maria's processional in 1973. I was introduced to this musical in my early teens and it was a dream in my heart only to be lived out.
That's why there are many sentiments in my heart to this masterpiece.
Lest we forget the music of "Edelweiss." I found some dried flowers and brought them home as a memory. Let's all sing it together. Imagine the whole bus singing along in harmony.
"Bless my homeland forever."
"A Few of My Favorite Things" What are your favorite things? Can you hear the children laughing and giggling?
I can still hear Deniz voice, my young nephew, from Germany giggling and laughing,
"Let's sing that song again."
"Doe a deer, a female deer, ray a drop of golden sun, me a name I call myself...."
This little man knows where he is going...."I have Confidence"
"I Must Have done Something Good" "Here Tanta Marg, These are for you!"
And so Tanta Marg comes running, thinking, she is who? Julie Andrews? Just for a moment.... It's so much fun to live out our fantasies. This little one allowed me this privilege.
"Climb Every Mountain" What does that mean for a young child?
Thank-you for allowing me to share this theatrical musical with a modern day twist, as I had the privilege of living a true experience in many ways.
So long Goodbye, Auf Wiedersehen, Good Bye,
Good Bye, Good Bye, Good Bye...