Monday, 22 April 2013

MMMM: The Sound of Music!

Monday's Movies Music Memories: The Sound of Music!

One movie that holds many memories for me is The Sound of Music. This is one of the earliest movies I remember watching. No, I didn't watch it in the movie theatre, we watched it on tv. It is one of my mother's favourtie movies, you see. So I recall, she would say "Oh! Quick switch on the tv, it's The Sound of Music!" and my sister and I would sit there and watch the movie with her. And we would do this every time it was shown on tv - and that was quite often indeed, well, at least once a year, during that period of time. Eventually, my mother tape recorded the movie so we could watch we whenever we wanted to.

We loved it, my sister and I. We loved the songs and coz we watched the movie so many times, we more or less knew the lyrics and could sing along when the musical segments came on. So, one day, my mummy came home from work, and handed us this sheaf of papers - it was the lyrics to the songs in The Sound of Music! All the songs!!! I don't know how she did it. But this was back in the days where there was no internet, so things like lyrics were not easy to find. But somehow she did it, she found the lyrics for us. On hindsight, this was how my mum showed her love for us. She is not the sort that was big on hugs and kisses, but this was her way of showing us she loved us.

We were ecstatic! For many nights, after we finished our school homework, my sister and I would pore over the lyrics singing the songs. Now, when my sister and I were young, we had more than our fair share of quarrels and fights, but this was a rare time that we would do something together and have fun together. Over and over we would sing together. And the song Sixteen Going On Seventeen - I would sing the male character and she would take the female character and we would sing the night away. Thus, because we grew up singing the songs with the lyrics in front of us, I knew the lyrics very well indeed.

Now that I'm all grown up and married... Guess what is one of hubbs' favourite movies? That's right! It's The Sound of Music! I must admit that I think he loves this movie even more than I do! Every now and then, when we get a little tired of watching animated movies on our movie nights in our home theatre, hubbs would put on The Sound of Music dvd. In fact, it goes on often enough that even the twins Asher & Shawna know how to sing along to some of the songs! Isaac can read already, so he karaokes along to the songs since we make sure we turn on the subtitles. Often, we fast forward the movie to go from one song to the next, when we see the kids get restless during "the talking bits". 


One of the songs that the kidzes love to sing along to is, of course, Do Re Me. It has easy to learn lyrics and even though the twins get the lyrics jumbled up sometimes, they have a great time singing it. It's also one of those songs that we like to sing when we're out in the parks or are hiking or something... along with The Lonely Goatherd - which will definitely have its lyrics butchered like nobody's business, but lots of fun singing along to that.

Another song that we often sing is My Favourite Things. I often sing this song to the kids at night, when we're trying to get the kids to sleep, so the lights are off, but the kids are still quite awake - then I start singing... I remember how, in the movie, Maria tells the children, that if one is upset, all they have to do is to sing about their favourite things, and they will feel better. The scene where there was a storm, and the kids all go to Maria's room to huddle together, is one of my favourite scenes in the movie. It is the turning point in the movie of when the children started to like Maria. Very heartwarming. The scene below is the reprise version of the song, when Maria comes back.

The thing about having so many lyrics in your head, is that you start to sing the song when you are doing a related activity? Like...
Searching for something: "Climb every mountain, search high and low, follow every rainbow, till you find... YOUR SHOE IS HERE ASHER! How did it get here!?"
While hiking:"Climb every mountain, kill every mosquito, follow every ant trail, till you wanna go...pee pee! Who needs to pee! Got toilet here, please go and pee and poo if you need to!"
Talking to Shawna: You are just 2 going on 3 years old, you are not a queeeeen, yet. Please be a good girl, don't scream down the world, you drive me so crazy..."

But sometimes, in our more loving moments, I would serenade to hubbs Something Good

Perhaps I had a wicked childhood
Perhaps I had a miserable youth
But somewhere in my wicked, miserable past
There must have been a moment of truth

For here you are, standing there, loving me
Whether or not you should
So somewhere in my youth or childhood
I must have done something good

Nothing comes from nothing
Nothing ever could
So somewhere in your youth or childhood
You must have done something good - ALSO! 

And of course, one of our favourite songs from The Sound of Music, is when the children sing So Long, Farewell... We can't wait till the kids are older - we will make them sing and act out this song, and we'd record a video of it! :) 

In searching for the links for this post, I found the official website for The Sound of Music. Apparently it is based on a true story. It's quite interesting really. It's got loads of information in there so do go take a look. The Sound of Music is such a classic that it's really entered into popular culture. Now, if you only watch on video from this post, let it be this one below. It's really cool! I love it!

"More than 200 dancers were performing their version of "Do Re Mi", in the Central Station of Antwerp. with just 2 rehearsals they created this amazing stunt! Those 4 fantastic minutes started the 23rd of March 2009, 08:00 AM. It is a promotion stunt for a Belgian television program, where they are looking for someone to play the leading role, in the musical of "The Sound of Music"."

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  1. This is simply K&B's favourite show of all time. They used to watch it at least once EVERY DAY for months last year. (we can thank the gramps for that).

    I loved it as a child, hubs watched it like 20 times at least, but last year I really had it up to here with this show!!

    Everytime K&B see a flight of stairs they pretend to be the littlest kid (Gretchen?) and do the good night song... can die!

    1. Hahaha so cute! EVERY time they see a flight of stairs?! hahaha... It would be soooo cute if the kids could really perform the whole song, isn't it?! :)

      I so totally know what you mean! Think I overdosed from the show for a period of time too when hubbs would keep playing it!

  2. I love the Sound of Music too. I watched it alot as a child and teenager but somehow never ever managed to catch the ending!

    Poppy loves and can sing My Favourite Things but we started with Do Re Mi as well. I love Julie Andrews. She rocks the pixie cut,even at age 80!

    1. How come never caught the ending?! The part where Liesl's boyfriend almost gave them away always has me on the edge of the seat!

      Yeah I love Julie Andrews too! She's perfect as Maria!

  3. It was one of my Dad and Mum's favourite movies too. At that time, they didn't have license to screen it on TV because they kept screening it in the cinemas, so one day my parents brought us to Odeon Cinema (I think) - the one that used to be where McDonalds is next to Bras Brasah Complex and we queued up for hours before we finally got to watch it.

    It was love at the first watch. For all of us. Since my Mum was Chinese educated, there were not many English movies that she loved, but boy did she love this movie and she sang "Do Re Mi" too. She loved watching it with us and like your parents, we watched it everytime it was on TV and even did the "Do Re Mi" and "So Long Farewell" dance steps with my siblings (not my parents ... LOL).

    Some things stay with you all your life and now that I've watched so many more movies and know that this is not the best made movie or would not be included in most Top 20 best lists, it is my No.1 sentimental favourite of all time. People laugh sometimes when I say that, but that's because they don't understand what it was like to enjoy good times with your siblings that you would otherwise be fighting with. ;-)

    Now grown up, I have learned to love the more adult songs and appreciate the deeper meanings as well but I still love the more childish songs too. I bought the DVD for Joy and Joshua but I don't think they've watched it in the recent years because I think the DVD went missing. When I asked Joy once if she remembers the movie, she said "Is it the one where they all sing songs and the little girl drops the tomato?".

    It took a little while for me to remember, but the smile quickly framed the sides of lips as I recall that scene.

    If you go to Salzburg, you can stay at one of the hotels which plays "The Sound Of Music" movie all day and do a trip to see the sights. John did that in the 80s. It's one of his fave movies too, though we don't watch it when it's on TV because I have the DVD and the Blu Ray version. Haha!

    Julie Andrews were perfect in the role. She should have and would have won the Oscar for Best Actress in 1965 if she had not won for Mary Poppins the year before. It was too soon for her to win another Oscar but it will remain as one of the travesties of award shows.


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