The hills are alive with the sound of music
With songs they have sung for a thousand years
The hills fill my heart with the sound of music
My heart wants to sing every song it hears.
One of my laptops is getting older and slowing down. I thought by purging some old emails I could speed her up. To me, deleting old emails is akin to throwing away a letter someone wrote. I wouldn’t dream of pitching someone‘s letter in the trash, that‘s why I save them in a box, with a special box labeled “Grandkids”. I delete as I go, so I figure I must be saving the old emails for something. I began to look at my sent log and to wonder what I had said to my kids after moving here 5 years ago.
“I have 360° views,” I said in one of the emails. “Your dad says he feels like he has died and gone to heaven,” I said in another. I was simply ecstatic to be here in Kalispell, the “prairie above the lake”. I hadn’t ever before spoken so highly of a place where I lived. I imagine the big kids thought I had gone bonkers.
Perhaps you think so too, considering I started this post with the lyrics to "The Sound of Music" and haven't said a peep about it. Well, I'll tell you why I started this post this way. When we first moved here in 2005, I took this picture of David and the girls in Glacier National Park. The view was stunning! We call it "the hills are alive" picture.
|Along the Sun Rd. near St. Mary in Glacier National Park.|
Little did I know at the time that the great-grandchildren of Captain Georg von Trapp live here in the Flathead Valley. Sofia, Melanie, Amanda, and Justin von Trapp grew up in the family’s Austrian style home somewhere between here, in Kalispell, and Somers.
I’ve read that the children began singing for local audiences as preschoolers. After a cross-country tour in 2002 that captivated audiences everywhere, a decision was made to home school and take them on the road. They have been very successful and have performed around the world, from the Sydney Opera House in Australia to Africa and Japan. So huge is their success that Oprah Winfrey has invited them to perform on her show reuniting the cast of “The Sound of Music”. It will be the first time in 45 years that the entire cast including Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer will all come together. I’m looking forward to it.
I go to the hills when my heart is lonely
I know I will hear what I've heard before
My heart will be blessed with the sound of music
And I'll sing once more.