Saturday, October 11, 2014

Alex Watches 'Star Wars'



Opening Theme To Star Wars

Composer:  John Williams

Orchestra:  The London Symphony Orchestra





Last night...
Alex and I watched the original movie 'Star Wars'
(which was later renamed 'Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope')
with the enhanced sound and visual effects that the collector's 
Star Wars Trilogy has.



First of all...
I had first seen this when it had first come out.

I was to go into the ARMY the following month...
and I had never seen such a spectacular SciFi/Fantasy movie before.

Even now...
as I rewatched this movie great with Alex...
I still get thrilled at the pure genius of the spectacular opening.


As the seemingly innocuous words float in space...

A long time ago, in a galaxy
far, far away...

as the viewers naturally lean in a little and are lulled
 into the seemingly mundane task of reading the introductory words...

without any warning as to what is to come...
and seemingly out of nowhere...
 BAM...

the rousing orchestral score simultaneously hits you with the 
Kettle Drums, Cymbals, the Horn Section, and the steady ringing of the Triangles
as the large and imposing...

STAR
WARS

title fills the screen and floats away in the distance.


I cannot think of ANY harder hitting movie beginning...
one which initiates a startle response in the audience...
and then masterfully builds the excitement in the viewers
to a feverish pitch of anticipation of a grand adventure about to begin...
and then perfectly blends in its first scene
(of an Imperial Battle Cruiser firing at, and chasing down...
Princess Leia's 'Emissary' ship).









This particular scene...
the first jump into hyperspace...
is almost duplicated in the Disneyland simulator ride...
Star Tours.

We had taken Alex there many years ago...
and Alex LOVED this particular ride.

Alex remembered it when he had seen this scene in the movie.

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I simply cannot say this enough...
great examples of exemplary morals ARE present in many movies...
you simply must pick them out carefully.

Besides books...movies are a very good way of impressing and imprinting
high morals, and the correct paths in life to follow, in children...
especially when it is accompanied with a great musical score.

With deeply moving and beautiful music or...
with especially magnificent orchestral pieces accompanying a moral theme...
the impression on a child's mind is firmly imprinted and directly associated
with the morals and the high paths taken by the heroes.

The sense of correct paths to take in life are embedded in...
not only the child's conscious mind...but in his subconscious...
and so, subconscious drives to do what is right...
are developed and are rewarded internally.

In future life decisions...
when the child must choose paths to take...
he will ask himself how the certain hero of a beloved story...
one whom had faced similar decisions in his life...
would have chosen.

When he chooses to follow the hero's path...
great symphonies will also play in his mind...
and more importantly...
the feeling of exhilaration he had first experienced when seeing 
the hero take on his adventures...
will fill his consciousness...
and drive him forth with boldness.

Even today...
and at my age (54)...
the same thing that has guided me all my life...
still guides me now.

Whenever one makes correct decisions...
when one is off on another great adventure...
or when one enjoying one of the simple pleasures of life...
great symphonies play...
one can feel the reverberation of the music in the body.

You feel as if you are standing atop a great snow topped mountain peak...
the chilled air tingling your skin...
the aroma of a campfire scenting the air...
you experience the crystal clarity of thought when looking at sunlight
through an icicle and are experiencing the essence of pure colors
(True colors aren't a reflection of opacity...
they are only true when they are translucent, florescent, or iridescent.
It is THE difference between merely seeing paint on a canvas...
and experiencing beautiful stained glass as lit from behind...
 a beautiful gem that has caught the sunlight just right...
a beautiful sunset...Autumn colors...
the refracted colors of a rainbow or a soap bubble...
or even when the colors come alive from a very well done
blacklight poster as it fluoresces under ultraviolet light...
with the music of Pink Floyd in the background  :)

This is when colors are felt...and not merely seen.

It is when the feeling becomes all encompassing and reverberates through the bones.
It is when the feeling of great orchestral musical masterpieces melding with...
and are in synch with, the vision...this is when it is fully experienced...
and remembered forever.

These are just some of the internal rewards which are automatically experienced
by a child who has had truly experienced something in his life.

The subconscious automatically stores the greatest experiences it feels.
It categorizes and prioritizes them and brings them forth to automatically motivate...
and to reward, the conscious decision to walk a correct and moral path...
of walking on a postive spiral in life.


This is one of the chief functions of a parent...
to download into their child's mind...
for them to use as a guide in life...
great examples of:

 High morals, Heroism, and True Love
(as experienced in great books and movies)

True Beauty and the love of Simple Pleasures
(as experienced in the great outdoors)

And...
once a child has a clear understanding of a correct path in life...
then...and only then...should examples of the wrong paths in life be explored
(such as tragedies as the main theme of a story...a tragic ending).

Should tragedies be introduced before teaching a child a correct path...
it may lead him into becoming too timid...
which would squelch his adventerous spirit for fear of a tragic ending.

However...
if tragedies are introduced only after the child has a firm understanding
of a moral and correct path in life...
then, and only then, will he appreciate the true depth of the tragedy...
and it would then serve to reinforce his conviction to stay on the correct path.


Anyway...
great movies (especially ones with great soundtracks)...
such as the 'Star Wars' Trilogy...
give children an example of high morals...
and reinforce the experience through its grand music.



Alex loves Science Fiction.

We are going to watch the whole Star Wars Trilogy over the next couple of days.

Tonight, we will be viewing 'The Empire Strikes Back'.

Alex is excitedly anticipating this...
the second of this great trilogy.





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