Saturday, September 8, 2012
Climb Every Mountain
I grew up in the 60's and 70's and can't remember a year without The Sound of Music (there were a few, I just don't remember back that far!) Some are surprised when I name this among my favorite movies, but I don't care - the messages are too strong, voices too beautiful - what little girl didn't want to skip through the mountains like Julie Andrews (or float down to earth with nothing but an umbrella)?
For days now, Climb Every Mountain has been floating in my mind, randomly, quietly and at times powerfully. So today's post honors that persistent unconscious voice trying anything, including singing to get the conscious mind's attention.
". . . a dream that will need,
all the love you can give,
everyday of of your life,
for as long as you live.
Climb every mountain,
ford every stream,
follow every rainbow,
til - you - find - your -
Oscar Hammerstein wrote that his muse for this song was an actual nun and drama coach named Sister Gregory. Letters that she sent to Hammerstein described the parallels between a nun's choice for a religious life and the choices that humans must make to find their purpose and direction in life. When she read the lyrics, she confessed that it "drove her to the Chapel" because the lyrics conveyed a "yearning that … ordinary souls feel but cannot communicate."
If we have that yearning to find our direction and purpose, there's really no turning it off. We can distract ourselves, rationalize, and procrastinate, but the dream's voice will persist: "pssst, don't forget, we dreamed of . . . "
Do your dreams deserve "all the love we can give"?
I like to think my mind was humming this tune at my heart's insistence. Maybe that's corny, but it makes me smile, 'cause:
"Perhaps I had a wicked childhood,
perhaps I had a miserable youth,
but somewhere in my wicked, miserable past,
I must have had a moment of truth."
Something Good, Hammerstein
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