"The Sound of Music" Fan Marks Film's 45th Anniversary

Julie Andrews in "The Sound of Music."
20th Century Fox
Julie Andrews in "The Sound of Music."
20th Century Fox

NEW YORK (CBS) My college roommate use to call me a cornpuff.

I took it as the musings of the dramatic and hilariously funny actress that she was (she's actress Wendy Raquel Robinson). And, granted, I was pretty corny. But it wasn't until my senior year in college and another roommate, that I accepted the name with aplomb - because here I was, taking two hour breaks in between studying for finals, watching "The Sound of Music."

Mind you, my friends at Howard University would never get caught watching a classic Hollywood musical. And here I was, watching with bated breath, every scene of the Rogers and Hammerstein classic.

The first time I'd seen it, I was in high school and caught the network airing halfway through. It took me back to the sixth grade, when a classmate brought the album for her show and tell. She sang "Do Rei Me." I didn't get it.

But here, it clicked.

A year later, I'd find myself in Salzburg, Austria, the setting of the story and the movie. I was on a bus with 20 other self-subscribed "Sound of Music" fanatics. Picture a "Do Rei Me" sing-a-long in five various accents.

Six years later, I met my husband. I tested his resolve - I popped the four-hour tape into the VCR, and watched his reaction.

"I love this movie," he smiled. I knew he was a keeper!

And why wouldn't he love it? "The Sound of Music" is the epitome of optimism and can-do spirit - a story based on real life events during a heinous era of history.

Julie Andrews, what a sprite, a cute little caterpillar that morphed into a butterfly. I wished for my very own metamorphosis. No wonder I'd sing "Confidence" before exams and interviews.

Here, I thought I was some sort of freak of nature, holding this strange fascination for a film. So when the cast made their rounds over the last week to promote the film's 45th anniversary, I perked up. When I saw people of all ages and persuasions, including Oprah Winfrey, proclaiming their love for the movie, I took notice.

I can now proudly declare to the world what the Sound of Music means to me - how much I loved it and still do.

So that's why I will be buying the digitally-remastered Blu-ray thing-a-ma-jig-it. I want my kids to develop that same connection and fascination.

Cornpuffs of the world unite! There, I've said it - I feel confident, the hills are alive!

  • Michelle Miller

    Michelle Miller is an award-winning CBS News correspondent based in New York, reporting for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms. Her work regularly appears on the "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley", "CBS This Morning" and "CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood". She joined CBS News in 2004.