american dreams pt. I – the von trapps & pink martini

once the hills were alive with the sound of music … and julie andrews was singing and dancing in the alps. this immortal movie (which for some reason is hardly known in germany … ‘the sound of music’ does not really ring a bell to most german audiences of a certain age. probably as we had our own german heimatfilm version with ruth leuwerik!) is based on the story of maria and the von trapp family. queue to another generation: THE VON TRAPPS

the von trapps

http://vontrapps.net/vontrapps

http://www.lastfm.de/music/The+Von+Trapps

this vocal harmony group are the great-grandchildren of the original von trapp family (actually they are the grand children of werner von trapp, whose character in the movie was called kurt!) and they are producing a very refreshing folksy-pop-easylistening amalgamation of music. of their new EP ‘dancing in gold’, the title track really makes your feet tap and ‘people like us’ will linger in your ears for a long time after. loving it big time!

a couple of years ago they did a wonderful collaboration with PINK MARTINI (another group which i am very fond of), entitled ‘dream a little dream’, which has self-penned material mixed with the usual pink martini buffet of standards and well-known songs. there you get a zingy southern american version of abba’s ‘fernando’, some austrian yodelling and also tunes from ‘the sound of music’!

pink martini and the von trapps

http://pinkmartini.com/

http://www.lastfm.de/music/Pink+Martini

all in all there is just one word: fantabulous!

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