Friday, May 11, 2012
Day 4 of 365: Edelweiss. "Bloom and Grow, Forever..."
Written and composed by: Rodgers & Hammerstein
Edelweiss- 'Snow Star'
This was always my favorite song from "The Sound Of Music".
So sad, yet sweet like a lullaby.
Rogers & Hammerstein. Great songwriting team. :)
This song was the last song that Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote together; Hammerstein was suffering from stomach cancer, which would take his life nine months
after The Sound of Music opened on Broadway.
Wonderful undertones/ meaning of staying alive, together as a people. Surviving against the odds. Beautiful song.
"Bloom and Grow forever..."
The Dm chord that substitutes for the D7 chord during the
last "Edelweiss" refrain, is so wonderfully haunting.
I found myself playing that section over and over again.
Listen for it at 58 seconds, 1:55, and in case you miss those two times check
out the last time it comes around at 2:52.
Such a simple chord substitution, but so beautiful.
Music is a marvel. I shall always be entranced and delighted by it...