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Recently we watched a documentary about movie scores. Someone in the documentary said, “Music is the one thing that we all understand that we don’t understand.” Everyone responds to music in their own way. I watch E.T. on Elliot’s bicycle once a week. I watch it and rewind it to the point before it happens. It is always ready for me to watch those few moments.


Music has always been part of my life. I started with piano lessons with Ms Pegg in my hometown. After that I started with the band in 5th grade. That followed me through until college.


While the video above is from another year, the pregame performance has stayed the same. Here is a photo of me in my college band uniform on the 9th of October, 1986

I was fortunate to travel to various college football games with the band. The band had many members. On trips when we traveled to away games, we went with at least two state trooper automobiles, sometimes four. With this trooper escort, the bus caravan of six to eight did not have to stop for traffic lights. The troopers would turn on their hazard lights and block off the intersections to allow us to travel together.

“On the East Coast, football is a cultural experience. In the Midwest, it’s a form of cannibalism. On the West Coast, it’s a tourist attraction. And in the South, football is a religion, and Saturday is the holy day.”

Thinking back, this may be why my favorite musical is The Music Man. My favorite part of the musical is when they sing “Wells Fargo Wagon”, which in my opinion, is about hope and surprise. Now we track packages. Often there is no surprise when the delivery truck stops in your driveway.

Playing For Change has many songs on YouTube. This one is my favorite.

It does not matter if you understand the language of the song. Music impacts us all in many different ways. We remember the words to many songs that we listened to throughout our lives.

This is a link to the full version of the documentary I mentioned at the top of this post.

Score: A Film Music Documentary

2 thoughts on “Score”

  1. I so love the depth and the heart this portrays of you and to the ones you are sharing it with. Such a peek at the person you hold so intimately close. Such a treasure and expression of love and contemplation of what will be next. A glimpse of the past . Something you are proud of and hold dear as you should. Looking forward to the future, not knowing what it may hold.
    I agree that music is a universal thing which can be shared even if you don’t understand the language. It is a feeling that touches your soul. It challenges you at times. It can bring happiness or make you sad. It can bring about an awakening of your psyche. It can be shared and harvested.
    Thank you for sharing! A good marching band always brings tears to my eyes! The music you chose was very moving bringing about smiles, hope and tears.
    Much love!

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