Let’s start at the very beginning.
The Von Trapp children don’t play. They march. Their father, Georg Von Trapp, hides a heart of gold underneath a stoic demeanor. He’s a decorated naval captain who – ever since his wife’s passing – expects military discipline from anyone living under his roof. Enter Maria – the failed nun and spitfire governess who brings joy and laughter back to the family through song. Maria makes the sprawling Austrian mansion a home again and discovers her calling along the way.
Soon, this buttoned-up bunch become the Von Trapp Family Singers, capturing the heart of a nation at the onset of a German invasion.
Whether strolling through the markets of Salzburg or crossing over the Swiss Alps to safety, music provides a constant source of strength and hope throughout the movie. This week, we’re asking “what is the sound of music?” How do you make a good movie musical? And why has this story stood the test of time?
Take in the entrancing mountain vistas and let each unforgettable song work its magic over you. Just in case you need someone older and wiser telling you what to do…give this one a listen.