This struggle to retain the orchestra program in my Amazing Children's school has got me thinking about the music that I love. Although I have a special fondness for the violin because Amazing Boy Child is a violinist, I must confess that there is something about the deep bass of a cello that makes my heart strings quiver. Especially if it's played by the very scrumptious Alan Rickman.
As we near Valentine's Day, I wanted to share one of my favorite movie scenes. Truly Madly Deeply is one of those films that are guaranteed to make me weep. Juliet Stevenson is Nina, a woman whose boyfriend Jamie (the aforementioned exceedingly edible Alan Rickman) has died, only to return as a ghost. They engage in some very fun wordplay here and sing a breathtakingly beautiful song. Who amongst us hasn't, at some point in our lives, played the same game with a lover? The singing part is a little trickier. Maybe some of you have musical talent and can engage in that delicious sort of foreplay. In my heart, I'm a totally awesome singer. I just can't make it come out of my mouth properly. But I'm learning to play piano. Who knows what treat awaits Professor X in a year or two, once I've figured out how to play more than "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star?" Maybe a moment like this:
Please hang on a second. I want to play the clip again. I REALLY like listening to Alan Rickman talk. And his singing is
Okay, I'm back.
I checked out Wikipedia, the source of all knowledge on earth, to give you some tasty tidbits about the film. I found this fascinating: The working title for the film was "Cello", a reference not only to the cello within the film, but also to the Italian word for heaven.
Take that, school board! You can't deny our students their musical heaven.