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Thursday, July 05, 2012

A Sign Of Hope

Someone posted this video to Facebook this morning and unlike most mornings, I actually took the 5 minutes to watch it. I was glad I did. I watched it again this evening and was again struck by a sense of hopefulness. Maybe I'm just weird, but it seemed to be something without agenda, with only the purpose to share a love of music. People who might not ever get (or make) the opportunity to go see an orchestra, kids whose first exposure to classical music will be remembered in the same category as a parade (I'm guessing - but hey, play along with me, 'kay?). A sign of hope to bring classical music to the 'common' people instead of reserving it for formally dressed upper class with the price of admission. (Have I piled it on too thick yet?).
I know, there are hundreds of flash mob videos, and I have to admit that I watch most of the ones that come across my path. I'm sure someone will try crush my illusions with the argument that there is an agenda - if not monetary, then social, religious, or some other nefarious purpose.

But for now, I chose to focus on hope.


Nicole Maggi said...

Every time I hear Beethoven's Ode to Joy, I think about the fact that he was stone-cold deaf when he wrote it. How could a man who had lost so much write something that is filled with so much joy and majesty and hope and possibility? The idea of it makes me feel so humbled. Whenever I hear it, I know that I am in the presence of true Grace.

Erin J. said...

I love the flash mob videos. I hope I get to see one someday. And I don't think there's an agenda beyond sharing music. I think many symphonies these days are trying to become more accessible. There's a summer music festival about an hour from me, and they have free shows every Tuesday for the six weeks of the festival. I try to go as many times as possible, since the $50+ tickets on the weekend are too pricey for me. But even those shows have a locals special, where you can pick up tickets a half hour before the show for $10. There's also the option of volunteering to be an usher, and you get to see the performances for free! I haven't done that yet, but maybe someday.