Tue - Jul 31, 2007 : 01:39 am
Drum Corps. 2007
I just got back from a wonderful evening spent with my wife, Shaun, Tiffy, Shane, and Becca. We went to Weber State to see the annual drum core competition.
Let me just say.... Amazing. Yup... Amazing.... That's what it was.
It also got me to thinking about a lot of things. For some reason lots of normal things going on in my life are now causing me much reflection. Although it intrigues me, I do love it.
Let me start by saying that in our society today, as I see it, there is entirely too much individualism. People are becoming more and more interested in doing things alone. The Ipod, the game consoles, the cars... All things that are enjoyed, in their entirety, alone.
Is this a bad thing? In most respects, no. But in some respects, yes.
What I saw tonight could never have been done alone. Quite simply, it *never* could be done alone - ever. The display of timing, artwork, synchronization, music, volume, etc... No matter how we try - with current technology - we could never reproduce that alone.
The beauty of so many people working together after months of daily all-day practicing is energizing to witness. There are so many people who give so much to bring that all together - and....
it is amazing.
There is one other place where I've seen such a display of unity and power, oddly enough, it was only for a fraction of a second.
It was when I went to my brother-in-law's graduation from the Marine Corps. During a speech given by an authority figure at the ceremony, while hundreds of Marine's stood at attention behind him, the speaker asked a question to the Marines. The response was almost deafening, it was so precisely timed (yet I'm sure, it was spontaneous - which made it all the more beautiful). I heard as if legions of armies surrounded me, the words:
It was amazing the power of those two words spoken by such a united force. It was as if it was one voice being stated firmly, yet not shouted. It almost brought me to tears, it was so moving. I don't know... Maybe I'm weird.
Anyway... Seeing the Drum Corps (Van Guard, Blue Knights, and The Cadets were some of my favorites) tonight was just brilliant. It was so good seeing the result of so much practice, talent, and dilligence come to fruition.
Just reaffirmed to me that "no man is an island."
Indeed, we are not alone.