MUMBAI: More than 57 years after its release in 1965, “The Sound of Music” and its musical notes still linger in the memories of legions of fans. Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer’s super hit revolving around the von Trapp family boasts one of the most successful musical scores of all time and its resonance over time remains unmatched. The musical continues to inspire musicians across genres and eras and the latest example is ‘The Aflatunes’, a Mumbai-based A cappella group who have teamed up with Zee Theater to celebrate the release of ‘The Sound of Music Live” for the first time. on Indian television. In a remarkable video tribute, “The Aflatunes,” performed memorable songs like “My Favorite Things” and “Sixteen going on Seventeen” without using a single instrument.
Here’s a look back at some more memorable tributes to the unwavering magic of “The Sound of Music.”
1. Ariana Grande – ‘7 Rings’: One of the most famous songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s iconic score to ‘The Sound of Music’ is ‘My Favorite Things’ which celebrates simple joys like ‘raindrops. on roses and mustaches on kittens, shiny copper kettles and warm woolen mittens”. In 2019, American pop idol Ariana Grande tweaked the lyrics to the classic in her hit song “7 Rings” where she celebrated that she could “buy” all of her favorite things. The tenor “I want it, I got it” runs through the song as she revels in the power to say, “Put it in the bag”, if anything, no matter the cost, catches her eye. This song from her fifth studio album, “Thank U, Next” showed that her aspirations may be different from Maria’s, but “The Sound of Music” continues to inspire her musical journey.
2. Gwen Stefani – ‘Wind It Up’: Pop and R&B superstar Gwen once admitted ‘The Sound of Music’ was her favorite movie and asked DJ Jeremy Healy to create a mashup of the song’ The Lonely Goatherd’ to include in his own song “Wind It Up”. She had always wanted to include bits of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical in her songs, and her second solo album “The Sweet Escape” in 2006 seemed to offer the perfect opportunity. After DJ Jeremy Healy finished mixing “The Lonely Goatherd” and “Wind It Up”, Gwen said, “I literally cried, and I’m not exaggerating!” She even went a step further by dressing up as Maria in the video for the song while the accompanying dancers dressed up as von Trapp children. Gwen of course paid homage to Rodgers and Hammerstein for her quirky yet nostalgic tribute.
3. Christina Aguilera – ‘Searching for Maria’: In her super-hit 2018 album ‘Liberation’, American pop and R&B star Christina Aguilera paid tribute to Maria, the fiery protagonist of ‘The Sound of Music including these lyrics, “How do you solve a problem like Maria? How do you catch a cloud and stare at it? How do you find a word that means Maria?” as a prelude and also wrote and sang a song called “Maria” which alluded to the loss of innocence and the search for true authenticity and peace. In a 2018 tweet, she wrote: ‘Searching For Maria’ is a reference to one of my favorite movies, ‘The Sound of Music’ – in which the character Maria, an irrepressible free spirit, struggles to find herself. and regain his freedom. “
4. John Coltrane – ‘My Favorite Things’: In the 60s, jazz legend John Coltrane released a hugely successful album called ‘My Favorite Things’ which in 1998 won the Grammy Hall of Fame. Coltrane may have created more critically acclaimed works, but this one is often described as a “definitive work that everyone knows and everyone can listen to”. That’s not to say it’s a simplistic homage and actually showcases Coltrane’s genius for experimentation perfectly in just over 14 minutes. The talented saxophonist’s hypnotic composition recalled the complexity of Indian ragas and became Coltrane’s most requested song.
5. JLS- ‘The Club Is Alive’: Rodgers and Hammerstein never imagined that in 2010 their seminal hit, ‘The Hills Are Alive’ would be transported to a club! That’s exactly what happened when the English boy band JLS, in a modern version of the famous melody from “The Sound of Music”, wrote a song called “The Club is Alive”. The energetic lyrics described the vibrancy and energy of a club, but still respected the classic song’s famous hook where Maria memorably swirls through the Alps in celebration of her zest for life and her music. It just goes to show that the original, written by Rodgers and Hammerstein in 1959, and sung by Julie Andrews in the Oscar-winning 1965 film is timeless.
6. Outkast – “My Favorite Things”: Outkast, one of the most influential hip-hop duos consisting of Atlanta rappers “Big Boi” Patton and Andre “3000” Benjamin, were known for experimenting with genres such as the funk, psychedelia, jazz and techno but also revisited “My Favorite Things” in 2003. The only difference was that their favorite things were diamonds and rubies, Bentleys, Gucci dresses and drooping compresses! And they added to good effect: “Come and dine me.” Bring those platinum rings. These are some of our favorite things! The zesty version appeared on the duo’s 2003 album, “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below,” and brought an electronic twist to the 1965 version.
7. Panic! At the disco – “Build God, then we’ll talk”: panic! At the Disco is the solo project of musician Brendon Urie and was originally a pop rock band. In 2005, the group released an album “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out” and the single “Build God, Then We’ll Talk” was their fifth and final official single. The song borrows from the chorus melody of “My Favorite Things” and also includes a fleeting reference to raindrops on roses, though its lyrics are much darker and full of cynicism about relationships and the emptiness of existence. modern.