Tell Again Tuesday
A blog series where we shamelessly share posts from others that we have enjoyed.
We went to a concert the other night put on by a local symphonic group. One of the pieces the orchestra played was Dream of a Soldier by Edward Santoro, a WWII army soldier who was a musician and band director. The piece is filled with pathos and emotions—pain, suffering, joy, pride, passion—that Santoro saw reflected in the faces of the soldiers he encountered during the war.
The music reminded us of the underscores one hears in the movies. The crashing sounds of intense, emotional buildup. The rich, melodious strains that support beautiful love scenes. The dissonant, harsh minor chords that underlay pain-laden story events. We heard every emotion played so clearly on the orchestra instruments that it felt like we were being taken on an emotional rollercoaster.
If you’ve ever watched a movie you’ll realize that even though you might not consciously hear an underscore of music (unless the volume is so overwhelming that one has to stuff their fingers in their ears), the music provides a subtext that enriches the story and pulls listeners toward an emotion that the director wants us to experience.
After the concert, ever the dissecting writers that we are, we began to wonder if