The Quotidian, December 10, 2010 ~ “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”

“Climb ev’ry mountain / ford ev’ry stream / follow ev’ry rainbow / until you find your dream.” ~ Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (from The Sound of Music, 1964)

I played songs – including this one – from The Sound of Music for my ex-girlfriend’s 94-year-old mom, and she loved hearing them again. We’re working on an oral history of her life, and it is quite interesting.

Do we even hear lyrics like this any more, after this particular musical has become such a part of the fabric of our national and global culture?

Some notes on mountain as metaphor: on my way home I was trying to recall popular song lyrics focusing on obstacles (e.g., mountains) we must overcome to our goals and dreams.

“Get Here” by Oleta Adams; “Up Where We Belong” (soundtrack, “An Officer and a Gentleman”) come to mind.

More frequently, the obstacles we face are within us rather than mountains, rivers, streams, etc.

I wish you success in overcoming your obstacles, whatever they might be.

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About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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