Carrie Underwood & The Sound of Music

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Last Thursday night, primetime was a buzz as the world anxiously awaited The Sound of Music Live on NBC.  Did you watch it along with the other 18.5 million viewers?

After reading several negative reviews, on Saturday morning, when I finally went to watch it, I went in with very low expectations.  But, I was beyond thrilled to see them all exceeded.

Maybe I’m in the minority here, but I loved it!  I mean, I may have watched it once, and then had it on in the background again, while I cleaned the house…just maybe.

I mean, it’s The Sound of Music, how can you not?!

Many were critical of Carrie and her acting ability, but I thought she was great.  She has an unfair advantage in that many compared her to Julie Andrews from the 1965 film–not the live stage version that it was supposed to be.

I felt like I was enjoying a live broadway production from the comfort of my living room–what could be better?!

In my opinion, Carrie Underwood was absolutely the right choice and here’s why:

  • She’s wholesome to be believable as the innocent, naive, determined Maria.
  • She’s a big enough name to draw the audience they were looking for.
  • She can SING.  Have you ever heard her?  Listen to her version of How Great Thou Art here.
  • It wasn’t just about a job or a paycheck to her–right before she went on she tweeted: 


This is what I’m going to do tonight. “Sing out your thanks to him; sing praises to our God.” (Psalm 147:7a TLB)”

Now, of course, I’m going to love any celebrity tweeting a Bible verse, but I especially loved this. She wasn’t doing it for critics, or fans, or even herself–she was singing out to God. I love that!!

So, there I sat on my couch falling in love with the music of The Sound of Music all over again–most of the songs brought tears to my eyes–I’m not exactly sure why. But when I heard Climb Every Mountain, I lost it, and I’m pretty sure Carrie did too:

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All in all, it’s definitely worth watching–does it compare to the 1965  film?  No, I mean it’s hard to beat the actual views of Austria.  But if you go in expecting a live version of the play, you will not be disappointed.  Watch the full movie on Hulu here.

Watching The Sound of Music, reminded me of a blog post I wrote a few years ago after watching my old high school perform it.  Below is an excerpt:

The Hills Are Alive
Originally Posted February 28, 2011

It had been quite a while since I’d seen The Sound of Music, and this time, Maria took on a whole new dimension for me.  Instead of only noticing Maria’s spunk, musical abilities, and strong will; yesterday I noticed that Maria was also a woman who was searching and afraid.  Wondering to God, “What is your will for me?”

Often I find myself like Maria: searching, wondering, and desiring to do God’s best but not completely certain what it actually is.  Many times, God’s will for us may involve some sort of leap of faith, which can be paralyzing. 

In Maria’s case, when she realized she was falling for Captain Von Trapp, she fled.  Back to the walls of the convent she went where she could try to escape her feelings and feel safe.  She thought she was supposed to be a nun, how could she marry a captain and mother his seven children?  

Can anyone else relate?  Scared to jump because of the fear of the unknown and unfamiliar.  So what do we do?  We try to find a “safe and secure place” and we hide.     

In a tender moment with the Revered Mother and Maria, the Reverend Mother says to her, “Maria, these walls were not built to shut out problems. You have to face them. You have to live the life you were born to live.”  From there, she launches into Climb Every Mountain

You have to live the life you were born to live…  

The beautiful thing about that is each one of us was created for something.  The paths might look totally different, and finding them might be scary at first, but we were all created for a purpose.  Known.  Set Apart.  Appointed. 

I love at the beginning of Jeremiah when God says to Jeremiah in chapter 1:

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”  

To which Jeremiah reluctantly replies, “Ah, Sovereign Lord…I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.” 

God’s response?  “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,”

od had a specific purpose for Jeremiah, but Jeremiah was scared and reluctant.  Yet, God assured him that he was not alone.  God would be with him; strengthening him, equipping him, and rescuing him.   

If God is calling us to something,  He will be with us.   We can confidently trust and believe that He will empower us with everything we need for accomplishing His calling.  We are not alone.

I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you.

Psalm 32:8 (NLT)

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 
2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)

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