Saturday, January 26, 2008

Happy weekend


Blogger poons said...

And a Happy Weekend to you two (not sic) - have a tune back

January 26, 2008 2:17 am  
Blogger Rachel said...

Top tunes yourself poons -and for everyone who emailed in - it's called the Sull'Aria - sung by Susanna and the Countess in
Mozart's opera The Marriage of Figaro ( Le nozze di Figaro) and was famously featured in the movie The Shawshank Redemption.

If you google the opera - or the aria you can find out more - but I'd like to leave you with the words of Prisoner 'Red', in the Shawshank Redemption, who describes the shock of hearing the aria suddently blast over the prison PA system when it is briefly hijacked by his fellow-prisoner Andy, startling the men by filling the prison with the soaring voices of the singers as the men exercise in the prison yard and work in the laundries and kitchens.

"I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singin' about. Truth is, I don't want to know. Some things are best left unsaid. I like to think they were singin' about something so beautiful it can't be expressed in words and makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you, those voices soared, higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away. And for the briefest of moments, every last man at Shawshank felt free.

January 27, 2008 12:23 am  
Blogger Calamity Jane said...

Thanks for finally clearing that up for me Rachel - always wondered what that music was, and yes I first heard it The Shawshank Redemption and was as moved as Red. I wonder if I can hijack the video somehow and use it as a screensaver ...

January 27, 2008 11:11 am  

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