A Middle Eastern couple celebrating an early Valentine’s Day comes in late one night.
At dessert time the guy comes over to me and says:
“When we were young and growing up in Lebanon, we enjoyed this old movie very much. I wonder if you know any songs from The Sound of Music?”
I ask for their favorite one, and after a quick consult, they agree on Edelweiss.
As I play, I think how wonderful it is, that an American classic can be so internationally boarderless, and particularly specific to Edelweiss, how the ideas of identity, homeland and departure are still so resonant for today.