The soundtrack from the classic movie “The Sound of Music” is full of life lessons.
The song lyrics hold a wealth of knowledge that anyone can benefit from.
After watching the 1965 movie, for the first time in 2018, I added the soundtrack to my background music list. When listening to the words, I found some life lessons in them.
Every Job Isn’t a Good Fit For Everyone
The song “Maria” is about how Maria is not working out as a nun. The piece is sung by other nuns at the abbey.
Most of the lyrics are complaints about Maria, and the nuns are trying to figure out what to do about Maria.
“Maria’s not an asset to the abbey.” and “Oh, how do you solve a problem like Maria?”
Maria is working out at the abbey. The job isn’t a good fit for her. So, she is sent to be a governess for a widower with seven children.
Just like for anyone, there may be a job that you try out that you end up not liking. It’s okay to try something and move on to different opportunities.
Choosing To Have Confidence
Maria initially has some doubts about caring for the children.
However, in “I Have Confidence,” we learn she chooses to have confidence. She sings, “I have confidence in confidence alone.”
The phrase can remind anyone who hears it to believe in themselves. You can choose to have confidence!
Be Careful of Young Love
The lyrics of “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” may feel outdated as they are from 1965. However, we can still find meaning in them in current times.
The song is a beautiful duet starring Rolf and Liesl. Rolf is older than Liesl by only a year or two. As Rolf sings, we learn he is “seventeen going eighteen.” So, Rolf, as an “older” man, has advice for his younger admirer, who is about to turn seventeen.
We can learn to be careful of who we give our hearts to, especially at younger ages when we still have much to learn about life.
Also, regardless of gender, some people will want to take advantage of you because of your age or lack of love experience.
Comfort From Our Favorite Things
I was surprised when I heard “My Favorite Things” when watching the “The Sound of Music” movie, as it’s often played on the radio around Christmas.
In the lyrics, Maria sings about favorite things, ending with:
“I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad”
When we are having a hard time or feeling sad, we may be able to find comfort in the things around us. You could also include a Bible verse or relationships with others as a favorite thing.
You Can Learn to Sing [or Whatever]
In “Do-Re-Mi,” Maria teaches the children how to sing. If you can match the pitch of each note, as sung in this piece, you can learn to sing.
“When you know the notes to sing
You can sing most anything”
While the song is about learning to sing, we can use it as motivation to learn new skills.
When you practice, you can learn most anything!
So Long, Farwell
The first time the children sing “So Long, Farewell” in the movie, they are saying goodnight at a party. Each child says goodbye and then goes to bed.
The second time the song is performed near the movie’s end at a concert. The family is essentially saying goodbye to Austria. They are fleeing the country as the father, Captain von Trapp, does not want to serve in the German navy as he opposes the Nazis.
In both instances, the family members are giving up something. The children will miss out on fun things at the party while they are in bed. And the entire family will miss their home country of Austria.
Sometimes we miss out on things because of circumstances, and sometimes we must make hard choices.
Purse Your Dreams
“Climb Ev’ry Mountain” is an anthem about persistence and following your dreams.
At this point in the movie, Maria has returned to the abbey as she realized she has feelings of love for Captain von Trapp. She must decide whether to remain a nun or return to the von Trapp family.
The lyrics are clear about doing what it takes to live your dream.
“Climb ev’ry mountain
Ford ev’ry stream
Follow ev’ry rainbow
‘Till you find your dream”
I didn’t expect to find life lessons in the “Sound of Music” soundtrack.
However, the more I listened to the lyrics there they were.
Sometimes, the lessons we need to learn come from unexpected people and sources!
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