Welcome to the Nostalgic Ramber

Hans Jeff Borger is heard on WRGE 97.9 FM in Ocala, FL featuring Christian programming.

"The Nostalgic Rambler" radio show previously heard on Gene Martin & Friends has been suspended due to my commitments at WRGE.

Why a blog? I wrote a book "The Little Grownup: a nostalgic Michigan boyhood" which should appeal to most baby boomers. A mass market book? Well, not yet...but the potential is there! (Be sure to buy it at "finer on line bookstores" everywhere!)

The comments presented in "The Nostalgic Rambler" probably won't be of interest to the masses...anymore. If grandma and grandpa and their friends were still alive, then it would be a different story.

I live in the past. My time warp is a comfortable cocoon even if it sometimes drives my wife crazy. The music of the 1940s and 50s, the stars of those days were big stuff in their day, but are now almost forgotten. Oddly enough, I was born in '64 so those iconic years were for the most part over by that time.

Through "The Nostalgic Rambler" I maybe can help share my love and knowledge for those times and things...all at one time important pieces of Americana but now a bit faded in memory.

The woman who did the blog about cooking all of Julia Childs' French Cuisine Cookbook in a year got a sweet movie deal out of her blog experience. I wouldn't mind that but would be happy to know that you are reading this....and maybe enjoying my time warp, too.

Hans Jeff Borger

Friday, October 8, 2010

Sound of Music Reunion on Oprah!

Set your VCRs or whatever people record on these days for an interesting TV program....It's Oprah Winfrey to the rescue of nostalgia fans as she reunites the cast of "The Sound Of Music" on her show October 29th. A way too short clip can be seen here.

I find it intriguing that this wonderful music is still so beloved unlike a lot of the other great gems of the past. I have always been very fond of "The Sound of Music" and proclaim it as my favorite movie of all time. I still recall marching around my mom doing her ironing back in the 1960s as the soundtrack album played on her stereo.

My German born wife never heard of "The Sound of Music" until she married me. The Austrians have made good use of the movie promoting tourism in the Salzburg area, even though they don't particularly care for the movie either. It isn't authentic enough for them. The folk dances were made up by Hollywood, the sets were sometimes Austrian but often Hollywood soundstages, etc etc. I guess they don't understand the movie is not reality.

On our honeymoon we visited Salzburg and took the "Sound of Music" tour. Oddly enough the guy who did the narration on the bus tour was originally from Florida! It was part myth and part reality as even the Austrians couldn't tell what was real and what wasn't, proclaiming and promoting sites that were actually filmed in Hollywood. It was all great fun and I'm looking forward to seeing this salute on Oprah Winfrey's program.

The pics above include the rare lp German soundtrack to the movie. The songs were redubbed in German, which might be the reason it did so poorly there. Sounds more like an operetta singer than the great voice of Julie Andrews.

Re-live a few movie moments here....and enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Note that Oprah has apparently changed the date of this show to October 28th. As they used to say "be sure to check your local listings"