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WayneWilmeth Posted 2 years 2 months ago
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I recently watched the 2006 movie, "The Lives of Others" which won the Academy Award for best foreign language picture.
It is a REALLY good movie, highly awarded. Set in Berlin during the Cold War, we see artistic people behind the WALL being spied on by the Stasi.
The movie even uses authentic gear used by the East Germans. The movie is a little slow, atmospheric, moody but at one point in the film the above "Sonata for a Good Man" is played and this remarkable comment is made:
"You know what Lenin said about Beethoven's Appassionata, 'If I keep listening to it, I won't finish the revolution.' Can anyone who has heard this music, I mean truly heard it, really be a bad person?"
And sure enough in the movie a man's actions are changed by being touched by music.
Can that happen? What do you guys think of this point?
I highly recommend this movie, even though it is in German and you will have to read the English subtitles, it is well worth watching.
And I would love to hear your thoughts.
God Bless,
Wayne
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anthem Posted 2 years 2 months ago
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Oh Absolutely...music can and will soothe your soul and change you completely.



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rjohn79395 Posted 2 years 2 months ago
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I'm in the "music can make you a better person" camp also.

It's been documented that listening to various types of music can literally change brain waves. Some types even lower blood pressure, bring on a "peaceful, easy feelin' ", as the Eagles song says.

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ArthurDaniels Posted 2 years 2 months ago
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Music is the common denominator which crosses every divide. Remember the wonderful story about the Christmas night during WW 1 when the lines were not far apart and a German soldier began to sing Stille Nacht . Guns fell silent and men from both sides joined in the singing. Soon, men were out of the trenches and mingling and singing.

Yes, it only lasted a few hours, but for those few hours, everyone was at peace. Nothing else could likely have had the same effect on those men that night.

It is hard to harbor ill thoughts when I am focused upon singing my part as a member of a chorale - especially when performing a masterpiece. Listening to a fine performance has almost the same affect upon me.

Happy listening, happy singing, happy playing to all,

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WayneWilmeth Posted 2 years 2 months ago
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Thanks Guys,
I thought, hoped you would agree!!!
It follows then that we should be some of the best people around, because we listen to so much good music!!! Ha ha
Seriously though, the point being made in the movie I watched was that to get it, to really take in and absorb, to really understand beautiful music like Beethoven's Appasionata (a great example) should change a person profoundly. Internally make a change.
And that is what happened in the movie:


It was quite moving, again, highly recommended movie.
God Bless,
Wayne
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