Singing into the Darkness: How The Sound of Music Teaches Us to Rebuke Worry – Christ and Pop Tradition

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Raindrops on roses

And whiskers on kittens

Vibrant copper kettles and heat woolen mittens

Brown paper packages tied up with strings

These are just a few of my favourite issues

Most folks can no less than hum just a few bars of My Favourite Issues from The Sound of Music, the traditional Rodgers and Hammerstein musical put to movie in 1965. On the floor, the film is a romantic story of a widowed naval captain (Christopher Plummer) and the Catholic postulate (Julie Andrews) from the native Abbey who will get sentagainst her willto look after his seven kids and subsequently falls in love with him. But when that have been the primary level of the story, it might finish on the marriage of Captain Von Trapp and Maria, and it might hardly have to be a musical in any respect. The Sound of Music is a narrative that makes use of tune to remind us {that a} gentle shines within the darkness, and the darkness has not understood it. Due to this, it’s distinctive amongst musicals, and it’s a particular movie to observe in the course of the Creation and Christmas season.

he Sound of Music is about encroaching darkness, the worry it brings, and the way we reply to worry.The music within the story of The Sound of Music serves a really specific objective, and the story is extra intricate than that of a love story between a person and his unlikely bride. The Sound of Music takes place in 1938 Austria just a few months earlier than the start of World Struggle II. As such, it offers with the rise of Naziism and shifting political climates, and it takes without any consideration that the viewer understands what the Anschluss isHitlers transfer to annex Austria into the Third Reich. For Austrians, it was a time of excessive nervousness and immense division between those that longed to stay free Austrians, and those that agreed with Hitlers imaginative and prescient of a unified Aryan Empire. What’s, to start with of the movie, a matter of opinion to bend the knee or to not Hitler turns into, by the top of the movie, a matter of life or demise because the Anschluss happens and Austria loses her freedom to Hitlers Third Reich.

The story provides little area to the politics of the time till the ultimate act. The darkness and the worry are, nevertheless, at all times lurking beneath the floor: in snatches of dialog, within the absence of flags, in salutes not returned, in flags torn up, in gathering troopers, within the shuttered expressions of Captain Von Trapp. Austria isn’t a land at peace, and her persons are about to lose their freedoma rising actuality Captain Von Trapp is keenly conscious of, and one thing he fears above all else.

And that is the place the primary theme of the film resides, and the place we discover the distinctive objective of the music on this story. The Sound of Music is about encroaching darkness, the worry it brings, and the way we reply to worry. Generally, this story postulates, one of the best ways to drive again the darkness of worry, is by singing.

Though The Sound of Music is a musical and by definition requires the characters to burst into common tune, the songs are largely reserved for Maria to precise reality and converse towards worry. Repeatedly, she rebukes darkness the place she finds it, and by singing into the darkness, Maria brings gentle and life together with her wherever she goesmost notably into the home of the Von Trapp household, which is wreathed within the militaristic overcorrection of the Captain father who’s afraid of letting his kids near him after the grief of shedding his spouse, and who fears what is occurring to his homeland. The darkness in Austria is mirrored within the family Von Trapp. Music is what units them free.

The primary night time Maria is within the Von Trapp home, there’s a horrible thunderstorm, which causes the kids to succeed in out to her towards their regular inclinations to run her off. To fight their visceral worry, she teaches them My Favourite Issues, rebuking the darkness and the storm with a easy tune about bizarre pleasures. In fact, Maria does extra than simply sing for themshe loves them with out reservation. However her expression of affection for them is in tune, and that is what teaches the Von Trapps to not worry, and greater than that, what it’s to hope and to shine a light-weight that can’t be overcome or understood.

The Sound of Music isn’t a Christmas film, however I return to it in the course of the Christmas season, drawn by the parallels between the Virgin Mary who birthed the Christ youngster to be the sunshine of the world, bringing him to rebuke the darkness, and the virginal postulate nun Maria who brings the sunshine of musical life into the darkness of the Von Trapp family. Because the darkness couldn’t comprehend the sunshine of the world, so the sunshine of Marias music is meaningless to the darkness of the Von Trapp family. She transforms the kids; she beats again the darkness of worry round Captain Von Trapp and transforms even him.

True to type for the story, the Captains launch from worry leads first to tune. He sings together with his kids and is reunited with them in love. He subsequent sings Edelweiss, a tune of hope and love for his folks and the nation he lovesa nation, keep in mind, that’s falling into darkness. And when he professes his love for Maria, they sing to one another.

We sing to rebuke the darkish. However even ifeven whenwe can not sing, creation breaks out in tune for us.Singing in The Sound of Music takes a extra critical flip the darker issues get in Austria. The songs that beat again the darkness within the family Von Trapp change into defiance towards encroaching darkness of their nation, and defiance towards darkness that has tragically already arrived. As Nazi forces attempt to press Captain Von Trapp into their service, he ascends a public stage together with his household to sing a farewell live performance to his countrymen. Alone, he sings Edelweiss as soon as once more, however this time as lament, as hope, and as a reminder to his folks of who they’re. He stands lit by a single gentle on a darkish stage in a darkish time, surrounded by his enemies, and when his voice chokes with tears and he cant sing on, Maria once more joins him and carries him ahead in tune. Quickly his entire household sings with him, and your entire viewers as properly. Singing holds again the darkness of worry.

The gravest a part of the story is when the singing falls silent. The Von Trapp household should flee, and so they disguise in darkness behind the gravestones within the Abbey crypt, determined and afraid. As Nazi troopers seek for them, the youngest youngster, Gretl, says she is afraid and asks if they might sing a tune about their favourite issues. Maria says that they need to notthat they should be very, very quiet. This silencing of the music within the graveyard of the church is barely a short lived demise for the Von Trapp household, as they’re reborn to life in escape to Switzerland. However the darkness and the silence that sweeps over them of their metaphorical demise earlier than they go away Austria signifies the autumn of Austria to the Third Reichthe demise of a nation and a horrible conflict to return.

This doesn’t imply that the film ends with out hope, although, or that it betrays its personal message and theme that singing into the darkness beats again worry and brings gentle and life and love. Because the Von Trapps are resurrected into life of their journey to Switzerland, the film ends within the hills that, we have been informed by tune within the very starting, are alive.

The hills are alive

With the sound of music,

With songs they’ve sung

For a thousand years.

From the certain demise of the grave on the encroaching arms of the Nazis to life within the hillshills which have an expression of life by music. The lyrics are paying homage to Isaiah 55:12, For you shall exit in pleasure and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills earlier than you shall break forth into singing, and all of the timber of the sector shall clap their arms.

We sing to rebuke the darkish. However even ifeven whenwe can not sing, creation breaks out in tune for us. As a testomony to Gods eternal nature and his promise that he got here to rebuke the darkness as soon as, and hes coming again once more. A thousand years, ten thousand years, and ten thousand extra, he is similar. Many people will sing Silent Evening to candle gentle in a darkish sanctuary at this time; we’d even quantity it amongst our favourite issues. Its a Christmas Eve custom for good purpose as a reminder that the sunshine got here right into a darkish world, and the darkness didn’t perceive it. The sunshine in the dead of night is a strong picture, however the music itself can even remind us of the eternalitythe immutabilityof God. Whether or not the tune is so simple as raindrops on roses or as highly effective as creations resounding thousand-year-long melody: God is, the darkness doesn’t comprehend him, and we don’t have to be afraid.

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