How ‘The Sound of Music’ almost wasn’t

Maria von Trapp never intended to write about her life. However, a friend of her’s simply would not let her be in peace. She begged and pleaded with Maria to write about her story.

Finally, in desperation, Maria excused herself and went to her room for about an hour to scribble a few pages and demonstrate to her friend her lack of writing talent. To her surprise, this act demonstrated such natural writing talent that she was forced to finish what she had started.

Maria wrote the book, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, which was published in 1949 and served to inspire the West German film The Trapp Family, which in turn inspired the 1959 Broadway musical The Sound of Music and its 1965 film version.

But what if that friend of hers hadn’t persisted and Maria had never scribbled those lines?

Like mysteries of an underwater world, we all have an infinite variety of inspired creations swimming within us. Unless we dive in and take a look, we will never know that they exist.

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