Friday, August 6, 2010

An Old Favorite/New Favorite Song

Cindy at I Owe It All To Him asked each of
us to post our favorite song.

(photo from google images)
I grew up loving musicals.
"The Sound of Music"
 with lyrics by:
Rogers and Hammerstein
being a favorite.
As I have mentioned in
a previous post my Grandparents
were of Austrian/ German Heritage.
This musical was also near and
dear to my Grandmother's heart.
She requested we play "Edelweiss"
at her funeral.
Last weekend, I  had the
opportunity to see this musical
performed by the
Paragon Music Theatre Troupe, at
The Lexington Opera House. ( Look for
a review on a previous post.)
This show brought back many
memories and a flood of emotions.
When Mother Abbess sang,
"Climb Every Mountain", I was
sobbing.  The song I loved,
 had a whole new meaning.
Yes, I had sung the words before,
 but somehow at that moment,
I had a deeper understanding
 of the words.

Climb every mountain,

Search high and low,

Follow every byway,

Every path you know.

Climb every mountain,

Ford every stream,

Follow every rainbow,

'Till you find your dream.

A dream that will need

All the love you can give,

Every day of your life

For as long as you live.

Climb every mountain,

Ford every stream,

Follow every rainbow,

Till you find your dream

A dream that will need

All the love you can give,

Every day of your life,

For as long as you live.

Climb every mountain,

Ford every stream,

Follow every rainbow,

Till you find your dream.

Keep striving for a better you,
don't let obstacles  deter you,
from moving forward. 
If the path you are on,
 is not taking you in the
direction you feel you need to go.
Change direction,
search out another path.
 Keep looking for inspiration.
Each day brings new opportunities.
You may have missed an opportunity
because, fear held you back.
When you find that path
 and that elusive dream,
seize it with both hands. 
Take your dreams
 and nurture them. 
We have no idea,
 of our full potential.

Love to all,


Faye said...

Debbie, what an absolutely fabulous post! My dh and I have seen that movie over a half dozen times. It never gets old. I love that song from the film too. There are lots of good songs in it. Thanks for sharing this and giving me a song to have running in my head today!

Jillayne said...

What a beautiful post! I love that song too; we first learnt it in Grade 6 I think - in choir and it has popped into my head now and again over the years. The last bit you wrote is very timely for me so thanks for that part especially!

Donna @ The House on the Corner said...

I'm so with you!! I just love that movie - I'm a huge Julie Andrews fan - but aside from that - I just love the story. I still get goosebumps when they are singing their getaway song and Rolph finds the family hiding in the Abby....

Great choice!

mya said...

Beautiful song, beautiful and meaningful thoughts from you. Thank you

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Thank you for this post Debbie! I've loved that song for years, but quite honestly have never sat down and really read/listened to the words before.

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh Debbie,
What a beautiful post and beautiful songs!!! I love them both and I remember going to see The Sound of Music when I was young and playing the album over and over again, buying the sheet music, and playing and singing the songs every day on the piano. The scene of Edelweiss was so touching and the song is gorgeous...

I also think of the line that the Mother Superior said to Maria when she said that when God closes a door, He opens a window...That was a wonderful lesson to learn early in life...

And I love what you wrote about seizing opportunity with both hands!!!
Amazing!!!! and prolific!

Rebecca said...

Love the Sound of Music! LOVE ANY MUSICAL!

Now...about the hydrangeas... I do believe from what I've read (tips, internet, etc.) is that you have to wait until the flowers are almost ready to fade before cutting them for drying. I'm going to continue trying all things!

Thanks for visiting me girly...xoRebecca nannykim said...

My whole family has that movie and music as one of their favorites. My hubby would always sing Edelweiss to my daughter at bedtime. He use to think of her as his little flower. Plus we spent a lot of time in Vermont growing up and the Trapp Von family (don't know how you spell their name) settled up in the Stowe area , I think it was. So lots of memories.

Terri Kahrs said...

Such a lovely post! Thank you, too, for your blog visit! Hugs, Terri

Angela said...

Beautiful and thoughtful. Thanks :)

Sherry said...

I have seen the movie several times and enjoy the music and the story each time I see it. The song you shared has such a message and can be applied to every area of our lives. Thanks so much for sharing this inspiring post.

agypsyangel said...

A very inspirational post.
Thanks for sharing. Please come by and visit. I am participating too in the favorite song party.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Debbie:
This brings back fond memories of seeing the movie with my best friend when I was a teenager. We sang the songs all the time. I'm going to be seeing her again (after about 20 years apart) next month. I can't wait! Enjoy your weekend.

Dezinaworld said...

Hello Maggie, Thanks so much for your lovely comment. I am afraid though that i am self taught in digital art so i cant recommend a book or anything but I can tell you that if you are going to try it, use the paint shop pro program rather than photoshop. Its much less complicated. Its a great tool and so much fun to learn.
I love your blog and have just added to follow. I love the words to that song they are so motivational arnt they ?
Hugs June x

Dezinaworld said...

Ohhh forgive me, i meant Debbie lol. Not got me head on straight today
hugs June xxx

A Hopeful Heart said...

I have always loved The Sound of Music. It remains on my list of 20 all-time favorite movies.

Edelweiss is an especially gorgeous song, and when the captain is overcome with emotion and cannot finish singing, I always tear up.

Climb Every Mountain is also a beautiful song, and I so enjoyed seeing the lyrics typed out here. They are very inspiring, very encouraging.

Thank you for sharing...having a lovely day,
Patti~Fill My Cup with Beauty

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Deb!
Gosh, I don't know if there are books on digital art. But, I think there are online tutorials...I'm not sure...If you know someone who lives close, it would be easier if they could show you in person..know what I mean?
My step-daughter came to visit last year and she never did digital art, but she knew how to use photoshop because she did something for family pictures...anyway, she taught me in 10 joke!
I wish you lived close--I'd show you cuz I couldn't do it over the
phone, but ask around where you're at and see if anyone knows how to use it...that might be the best idea!
I was so busy painting and doing fabric art and my husband insisted that he get it for me...It sat here on my computer for months before I'd look at it...Then, Krissy came to visit and then I learned how to do funny!

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation said...

Oh my, I remember going to see that movie in the theater with my family, coming home and being totally enthralled with it. I got a copy of the book it was based on, went to my grade school and found my best friend and we would go out in the baseball field and sing the songs together. Thank you for bringing back such sweet friends and family memories! A delightful visit.

Scrapping With Sherry said...

Well, first of all I came over to check out your new blog button... Congrats! Your post is beautiful. Isn't it something when we have listened to something many times and then hear it and rediscover it again... Life is really so full of little gifts we just have to learn to allow ourselves to reach out and grab them!

Take Care~ Sherry

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

This is one of those songs that I know every word to, and I'm not sure why. I guess it was probably a song from junior high choir...and because I've grown up listening to songs from the musical, it is just part of the memory banks. Thanks for the happy reminder.

Lynn said...

Another beautiful and inspiring post dear Debbie, thank you so much:)
I have always loved The Sound of Music from being a young child. I was in Austria where some of the movie was filmed when I was a child too, I remember it but would appreciate it more now at this age I think.
God bless,Lynn

Susan said...

Thanks for reminding me of how much I love that will be in my head all night. You get over here and start sewing these squares that I cut out...we will make a great team. Susan

Cindy Adkins said...

Hey Deb,
I just wanted to tell you that if you wanted to link up your blog about the ATC's, there may be people who want to join you in that...just thought I'd let you know because you don't have to make anything new...

It sure has been fun! And it still goes 5 days more, so you've got time if you want to link up...

Thank you so much for your kind are such a doll!!

You have sure been a "busy bee" with all the ATCs--wow!!! That is fantastic!

Right now, I am creating a whole new art center in my house...lots of work and didn't know I was going to do it.

Have a beautiful evening!

Polly said...

Hi Debbie. I love this post. It has such a profound message - one of my sons and his friend were talking about this very thing today. I have always told my kids if they are not happy with what they are doing, they are doing the wrong thing and must follow their heart and their dreams. I'm talking jobs here too. If you make tons of money but are unhappy doing it, find something you like, something you enjoy and feel good about. If you make less money, so be it! Life is too short and the important things have no price on them, such as the laughter of a child, the purple wildflowers so tiny even a lawnmower misses them, but they are there for us to marvel at their perfection, their beauty. Live life to the fullest, and GIVE, GIVE, GIVE of yourself, which is most important after all.

Cathy K said...

Debbie, I loved this post! And we share many things in common. Although my relatives are of Hungarian descent, there was one line of Germans, and they all spoke German and Hungarian. In high school, I spent a summer in Austria (and Germany, East & West too). Sound of Music is right up there among my favorites, and I used to use the word “edelweiss” as a password (no longer, tho). LOL. Revisiting the Tirol of Austria (and even looking up my old boyfriend in Seefeld) is on my Bucket List! Hugs, Cathy

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Awe Debbie,
This was beautiful!!!!

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Debbie,
I just popped over to say "hi" and hope you had a great weekend!

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