On the Other Side of Despair is Hope
Our troubled world is mired in natural and human inflicted catastrophes that test our collective ability to see past our trauma. With courage and hope, as countless generations before us have demonstrated, we can and will prevail over the oppressive forces that threaten our future on this day, and into the future.
Barbed wire was invented in 1867 as a cheap, quickly installed fencing material to contain cattle. In fact, this innocuous invention was instrumental in “taming” the USA west. This taming was presaged in the late 1800s by the range wars that resulted in the fencing of all open range lands. One of the consequences of this fencing was the “Big Die Off” of 1885 which decimated cattle herds by blocking their natural migration away for blizzard conditions.
The use of barbed wire made the leap to human containment in the 1899 Boar War, WW1, and WW2. In the 1930s through 1940s, the Nazi’s also electrified the wire to limit escapes from their concentration camps. Since then, artistic representations of barbed wire have become symbolic of oppression, the denial of freedom, and human torture. A most powerful image if this is Jesus Christ on the cross wearing a crown of thorns.
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Copyright 2018 michaelrkrozer. All rights reserved.
Phoenix Symphony Hall
I covered a symphonic concert at the Phoenix Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix. The two hour performance featured the 66 piece orchestra backed by a chorus of almost 50 vocalists. Guest conductor Ryan McAdams led the orchestra through 10 selections from late composer James Horner’s portfolio of popular movie themes and soundtracks. Starting off with the quiet drama of Legends of the Fall “The Ludlows” and Titanic “Hymn to the Sea”, the first half finished with the percussion heavy and lively The Mask of Zorro Suite. The second half was equally inspiring, finishing with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Main Title, Epilogue, and End Credits. Listening to the beautiful renditions, it was easy to drift back to when first seeing each film and the emotions of that moment.
Conductor Ryan McAdams was quite animated and entertaining as he discussed the background of the each song and had the audience laughing and clapping at his anecdotes. The fine acoustics of the concert hall also made listening to the music a pleasure. Every instrument could be heard, from a solo flute to the low rumble of a lightly struck timpani…all without amplification or colored by speakers. MAGIC.Type your paragraph here.
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