The Hills are Alive, With the Sound of Music

I am super excited about the new Sound of Music that is coming to NBC this Thursday, December 5th. The time is 7pm CST or 8pm EST.

Now, I know, it will not be the same without Julie Andrews as Maria and Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp. Who can forget the witty Richard Haydn as Max Detweiler? The cast for the 1965 movie was just so timeless. I mean, we watch it every year. I plan on watching it again, before Thursday. It will be hard to not compare the two.

Sound of Music

However, we will be watching. I am interested to see how Carrie Underwood is going to fill the shoes that Julie Andrews left. Carrie Underwood is a phenomenal singer. She is beautiful. What about Stephen Moyer as the Captain? That will he a hard role to fill as well.
When thinking about The Sound of Music, most of us are not thinking about the Broadway play. We are thinking about the film. This is not a remake of the movie. This is a live-viewing of the Broadway play. So, maybe comparing them won’t have to happen.:) Watching the video on the NBC site has shed a preview of what is to come. It is so exciting to see that they included the casting of the Von Trapp children.

This is LIVE, if a mistake happens, they have to just keep going. How scary is that? I remember being in a play once. It was so hard to be that tree. I moved my arm and smacked the tree next to me and made him cry. IN FRONT OF EVERYONE. How embarrassing for him!

About this Live Viewing:

From executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (“Smash,” “Hairspray,” “Chicago”) comes an instant holiday classic: “The Sound of Music,” based on the original Broadway musical. Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer star as Maria and Captain von Trapp in this beloved story of the young novice who falls in love with Captain von Trapp and his seven children, set against the backdrop of Nazi-occupied Austria. The jewel in the Rodgers and Hammerstein crown, “The Sound of Music” contains some of the most famous songs ever written for the stage, including “The Sound of Music,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “Climb Every Mountain” and “Edelweiss.”

This new version of “The Sound of Music” will be a faithful adaptation of the original stage musical, to retell the story for a whole new generation. And more than that, it will be broadcast LIVE, adding a whole new level of immediacy and excitement. Get ready to reintroduce your family to the most joyful, most emotional and most musical family adventure of them all. Three-hour live event.

The Sound of Music

So, are you going to tune in? If so, let me know in the comments! Also, during the viewing, there is a twitter party going on! using hash tags #faithandfamily and #SoundofMusic to follow along with some of us that are using those hashtags!

I cannot wait to watch!


The Promise – A Review and a GIVEAWAY!


The Promise is a beautiful movie. We got the movie in the mail today to review and right away after lunch chores were over, we put on the movie. It is a musical. There is a lot of singing, but not overly so. There was just the right amount of both speaking and singing parts.

It is a 45 minute film. It was “just” about the birth of Christ. One thing we had somewhat an issue for. We thought the movie should have lasted longer. However, with that said, here is the synopsis of the movie that you can find on their website.

In ancient Israel, during the days of King Herod, a young couple’s world is turned upside down when the prophecy of a long-awaited deliverer unfolds upon their lives. They must trust in God’s promise in the midst of rising challenges, and their faithfulness is rewarded as they witness the most surprising and glorious event of all human history – the promise fulfilled in the birth of the Messiah.

You can see the trailer here.

The writers did a tremendous job of writing the storyline. We went through the Book of Luke today after the movie viewing to double-check that it went through it correctly and it does. Very true to the story. Which to me, is a great thing. Too many films out there add items that are not true.
My favorite part has to be when Joseph starts to see Mary as his bride. He notices that she is no longer “little Mary”.

The music is just beautiful. Well written and goes along with the story. It also is biblically sound. My favorite song has to be Lullaby for the King and His Name is John. However, all the music is just wonderful.
My 17-year-old LOVES the movie. He says, it is so nice that it brings the truth out there about Jesus’s birth.

The animation was done wonderfully. The animators used Motion Captioning and 3-D animation. Truly great stuff. Almost like what you would see from the Major Motion Picture folks. The musical had us captivated through out each of the scenes.  The only problem my daughter had with the animation is that she though their facial features were weird. Eyes to set close to each other and very long noses.

You can find more information about the film in the following links.

Amazon  Amazon has the video now for sale and it is $14.99 with FREE shipping over $35.00. A GREAT deal for this video.
Official Trailer

If you are looking for a safe and biblically sound video for your children, The Promise is both. It is very captivating. From my youngest in the house that is 18 months old, to my 18-year-old. We all enjoyed the film. We can not wait to see what more Glorious Films will bring out in the future.

Now, for what you have been waiting for! The Giveaway! I am giving away ONE brand-new video of The Promise! All YOU have to do is, leave a comment in the comment section telling me what you would do with the video. Will you give it as a gift or watch as a family? I will be drawing the name on December 4th at 9pm. 

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Happy Birthday Mom

This year, as every year since she passed away in 2006, her birthday is the hardest time of the year for me. See, November 28th is was her birthday and she would have been 65 this year. She should be here celebrating with us. Her birthday is on her favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. She LOVES this holiday like no other. She loves turkey and dressing. Mashed potato’s and the fixings. My grandma usually baked her a Carrot cake. Especially, if it fell on her birthday. This year, it falls again on her birthday.

So, this year, we are eating all of Mom’s favorites. Right down to the cake.
I love you Mom!