11 September 2007

Remembering 11 September

"Mr. Holland's Opus" is one of my favorite movies.
Haven't seen it? Add it to your list!
Like "American Graffiti", (also starring Richard Dreyfuss), I can't imagine anyone not being entertained by it.

Dreyfuss plays a musician having trouble making ends meet, so he takes what he thinks will be a temporary job as a High School music teacher, just to pay the bills until another "gig" presents itself. You can probably guess how the story unfolds.

While life goes on and this music teacher touches the lives of hundreds of his students, Mr. Holland is writing a symphony. I won't spoil the movie for you, but it ends with an orchestra playing the symphony Mr. Holland has written.

Until recently I thought the "symphony" we saw in the movie was pretty much the whole enchilada. Poking around YouTube, I find the work, actually composed by Michael Kamen, is a much longer piece... 8 minutes plus.

So here, to commemorate the 6th anniversary of the World Trade Center attack and America's response, I share with you-
"An American Symphony", by Michael Kamen, with images by Rebecca Duncan:


The Old Man said...

Damn, son, you always seem to hit the nail on the head. Beautiful post.

the golden horse said...

I am just numb, that was absolutely beautiful. What a wonderful tribute.
I have chicken skin.

The Joker said...

I've mentioned before on one of these blogs that I have no speakers because my puppies chewed through the speaker cord and I still have not replaced it yet or I'd be listening to this, and probably crying.

When I posted my comment to VK's about 9/11, I had tears in my eyes and was visibly shaking, just from remembering what transpired that day. I'm positive I'm not the only with tears in their eyes today.

Tame :-) said...

wonderful post!! I can't say enough how much I enjoyed that video!!! just wonderful!!!