Ranking the Songs in ‘The Sound of Music’

The Sound of Music in the last month since I first watched it has become one of my favorite movies of all time. It literally makes me happy every time I watch it and a great contributor to my joy is the songs. After seeing it for a recent fifth time I’m glad to say I’m starting to learn the songs and each song makes me smile for one reason or another.

The Sound of Music is a different musical than most as it recycles many of its songs over and over again for different scenarios in a truly beautiful fashion. Despite the recycling of these songs, The Sound of Music ends up having eleven songs in all, all of which have their own power to them. Today, I wanted to share my ranking of these eleven songs and explain why I love each and every one of them so much. Enjoy!

11. “I Have Confidence”

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Maria is a bit of a difficult person to get to know because she can be so truthful. Her time at the abbey has led her to believe she won’t do a great job being a governess so she must find the inner confidence to take on such a “difficult” task.

It’s a powerful buildup to the point where she is no longer afraid but ready to take on the challenge ahead and a great boost of gusto if you may need something to build your own confidence on any day (if you know the words to the song.) Continue reading Ranking the Songs in ‘The Sound of Music’

That Marvelous Costume: ‘Black Panther’

Last week for my first segment of That Marvelous Costume I focused on the film Phantom Thread, a movie whose only Oscar win went to Mark Bridges for Best Costume Design. This week I’m focusing on a film that got similar love from The Academy for Best Costume Design and that is Black Panther.

Forget the deeper meanings behind the story or the riveting cast of actors who brought home Oustanding Cast in a Motion Picture at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the costumes are where it’s at.

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Whether we’re talking about Nakia’s style which has a specific green theme because of being born in the River Tribe.

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You have General Okoye and the Dora Milaje clad in red but it’s very clear to point out who their leader is just by the stark gold that Okoye wears.

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Erik Killmonger is shown in blue clothing to symbolize colonialism according to Ryan Coogler which is fascinating.

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T’Challa looks expectedly regal in elegant robes fit for a king that change color depending on the mood of the scene. T’Challa’s white robe in the spirit world is utterly stunning.

But beyond the colors and the impressive tailoring, there is a sense of detail to every costume that every character wears, whether they are the extras in the background or one of the main characters, making it easy to comprehend why Ruth E. Carter won for Best Costume Design…finally.

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All in all, the looks in this film are amazing.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.