Tuesday, April 26, 2011

V is for Von Trapp

Rehearsals for "The Sound of Music" have begun in earnest.  This week I am working on the arrangement and choreography of both of my songs.

Most people (that I've ever talked to, anyway) who know "The Sound of Music" are surprised to learn that in the stage version of the musical, the Baroness sings.  She doesn't have a solo, but is part of two numbers with the Captain and Max Detweiler. 

The first song "How Can Love Survive?" takes place when the Captain returns to his home with Elsa and Max in tow, and has to do with the fact that the Captain and Elsa, as two rich, independent people, have no conventional obstacles (no "slings and arrows", as it were) to challenge and strengthen their love.  

The second song (my favorite of the two) is "No Way to Stop It" and is a discussion/debate of sorts on the best way to face the oncoming invasion of Austria by the Germans.  Elsa and Max feel that passive caution and soft-stepping are the order of the day, while the Captain believes strongly in overt opposition.  It is this difference, really, that cause Elsa and the Captain to part ways in the stage play.  Undoubtedly Maria would have been the cause eventually (as she is in the movie), but they don't let it get that far.

It's a really catchy song, and extremely fun to sing. 

This evening we worked on some light choreography for "No Way to Stop it"  Tomorrow and Thursday we'll do "How Can Love Survive?"

So I will not be sewing.

However, the fabric company finally charged my credit card and sent me an email receipt for the first part of my order, which, I presume, means that my lavender brocade is finally on its way!


  1. The Soundtrack from Sound of Music will always be one of my favorites. About 10 years ago, I was in Vermont for a meeting. I asked if anyone would care to shoot photos of covered bridges. A lot of hands went up. I told them we'd leave at 4:30 a.m. for sunrise in the mountains. All but one hand went down. So a young lady named Melissa and I spent the day shooting covered bridges, and listening to that soundtrack.

    By the end of the day, I had the music forever impressed in my skin, and a new friend. Though we live a continent apart, we're still very close.

    Thanks for the music. Thanks more for helping me recall a great memory.

    w: watermark

  2. Sounds like a fabulous day! Makes me think of the time some friends and I woke up about 4:00 a.m. for a morning geyser tour in the Atacama Desert. One hour on a bumpy bus ride on a barely dirt road through the desert and the coldest I have EVER BEEN. But memorable. :-)


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