Here comes 2013. What music did you make with your life this year?
“sing, sing a song…make it simple to last your whole life long….don’t worry that it’s not good enough for everyone else to sing….just sing, sing a song!”
Do you wax nostalgic on New Year’s Eve? I definitely do! I have been thinking about the tear-jerker scene in Mr. Holland’s Opus…..
An Opus number (Latin sing. “work”, “labour”, a work of art, 1695–1705), pl. opera and opuses, abbreviated, sing. Op. and pl. Opp. refers to a number generally assigned by composers to an individual composition or set of compositions on publication, to help identify their works. Opus numbers have been used inconsistently throughout history and by individual composers, and thus are not generally a good indicator of the chronological order of the compositions or the relative completeness of a given collection. Opus numbers are commonly used to organise catalogues of musical compositions. The Latin plural, opera, also denotes the opera music genre, wherein the works also are (occasionally) identified with a musical composition opus number, as in the grand opera Samson and Delilah, Op. 47, by Camille Saint-Saëns.
“Mr. Holland had a profound influence on my life and on a lot of lives I know. But I have a feeling that he considers a great part of his own life misspent. Rumor had it he was always working on this symphony of his. And this was going to make him famous, rich, probably both. But Mr. Holland isn’t rich and he isn’t famous, at least not outside of our little town. So it might be easy for him to think himself a failure. But he would be wrong, because I think that he’s achieved a success far beyond riches and fame. Look around you. There is not a life in this room that you have not touched, and each of us is a better person because of you. We are your symphony Mr. Holland. We are the melodies and the notes of your opus. We are the music of your life”.
Play the sunset….., Mr. Holland tells us all!
Remember…it is supposed to be meaningful….but it can also be joyful and fun!