Monday, November 26, 2007

Sound of Music is Not a Christmas Movie


We have the Christmas music up and running. I turn the accuholiday's Christmas jazz station on in the morning and listen to it all day. I love it. I think it is the best invention since... well, since nothing. It is just the best invention. I do have several Christmas cds, and have bought a couple from itunes, but how else would I get all this Christmas music on my budget and storage space?

I do have one complaint. (Well, two, but I won't complain about the other one today.) For some reason Sound of Music songs got turned into Christmas songs. I don't know if I should blame this on the musicians, or the producer. I know accuholiday probably just has the cds there and the songs get off the Christmas albums instead of they find Sound of Music songs on random albums and play them, so I will not blame accuholiday, they still get to be the best invention ever.

Sound of Music is a nice movie. It has nice music. I love Lonely Goatherd (and Harry Connick Jr. does a great version on Songs I've Heard.) But if I remember right, which I do, The Sound of Music is about a nun who has a different calling, and kids who don't think she does but then they find out they want her as their mom, and then the dad wants her as his wife too, and they are a non-Nazi family in Austria, who do not want to become Nazis, so they sing and dance and run away. Did anyone notice Christmas in there? That is what I thought.

I listen to Christmas music once a year, and I listen to it hard core for that once a year, so why interrupt my Christmas music with regular music?

Justin has this theory that because it is a movie that induces nostalgic feelings it counts as Christmas music. But his theory falls short because nostalgic does not mean "Christmas," it means "1: the state of being homesick : homesickness 2: a wistful or excessively sentimental yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition." So "past period" could count as Christmas if the Sound of Music made you miss Christmas, but if that is the case it is only a few families who only watched old movies at Christmas time, not regular people, like me who realize that the Sound of Music doesn't have anything to do with Christmas.

7 comments:

Jessica said...

There's that "snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes" line...so maybe if you associate snow with Christmas (I don't--I associate snow with misery, but hey, that's just me), and you want to extend that line to the entire movie, then sure, it's totally a Christmas movie!

Anonymous said...

...not to mention "bright paper packages wrapped up with string"

Anonymous said...

tied up with string, whatever.

The Jones :) said...

Oh Phatty you make me laugh!!! /i agree with you though!!
- becki :)

Lark said...

I read a book written by Maria VanTrap, she included a section about the Catholic Christmas traditions of Austria. I found it very interesting that they told the children something that was not true about Jesus. They told them Jesus came to the house and dropped off their gift while they were at Christmas Eve Mass.

JoJo &/or Bob said...

That picture is hilarious. Did you do it on paint? So funny...

I'm okay with "My Favorite Things" being on AccuHolidays. But only that song. Because you CAN stretch the "snowflakes on my nose and eyelashes" and "brown paper packages tied up with string" lines. And because it's peppy.

Tammy said...

Hahah! As I was reading this post, I thought 'Jessica will be the first one to post a response to this - it's right up her alley!' and I was right :)

I understand where you're coming from Brecken, but I'm also just not that fussed. So long as they don't play the 'clllliiiimmmmb eeeeeeevverrryyyyyy mmmmmoooouuunnnnttaaaiinnn' song, I don't mind what else they play... and I do like 'my favourite things'.....

:) And snow! I love snow! love it, love it!

xo Tammy