Oscar Hammerstein II, said that in the 1950s when he wrote the lyrics for the musical, The Sound of Music.
The title song has these simple lyrics. “The hills are alive.” Think about it. The hills are alive…with what?
He wrote, “with the sound of music.”
No, not the music written by Richard Rodgers…but their own music. “The songs they have sung for thousands of years.”
Think about that because that is what anyone can feel when they visit these hills. These hills are alive with the sound of music. These hills will let you ride on the sound of their music. It is real.
And Hammerstein finished with:
“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.”
Happy New Year, all. 🙂
As a kid R&H songs were the backing track to my life, reel-to-reel tapes of The King and I, Oklahoma! and so on not quite on a constant loop. Then it was the earworm tunes that got to me; it’s only since then that I have begun to appreciate the beautifully constructed and expressed lyrics.
LikeLiked by 1 person