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Cryingly Beautiful

It's a peculiar thing, I suppose, but I just finished re-watching an episode of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes with Jeremy Brett. The episode was S04E04, The Red Circle.

In it, a couple very much in love, finally escape the horrible influence of an evil Italian group, the red circle. Holmes exercises compassion for the couple, helping them constantly, with modest emotional response.

At the end, he attends an opera, in which a woman of excellent voice sings a tragic melody. Holmes is crying his eyes out. What is this but the evident demonstration of something I've long been well aware of. There are matters in life that touch our heart extremely, such as certain musical strains. They touch the emotions beyond holding them in, while a tragic event may not cause such a public display.

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lookatdesktop wrote on September 1, 2021, 9:11 PM

That episode had to be a good one, since you watched it a second time. I did not cry at my father's funeral, but I sometimes cry when I play a song by Charlotte Church, the name of the song is PAPA CAN YOU HEAR ME? I cry almost every single time I hear her sing that song.

VinceSummers wrote on September 1, 2021, 9:45 PM

Clearly you get what I'm talking about.

MegL wrote on September 2, 2021, 8:44 AM

Music can evoke very strong emotions, even if it is not attached to words. There are some pieces of music I am very emotionally touched by, even though they have never had words attached to them and I do not associate them with any particular event.

VinceSummers wrote on September 2, 2021, 1:58 PM

Words actually tend to ruin a musical piece. Of course, there are exceptions. One piece I do enjoy with words is the duet of Tony Bennett with Andrea Bocelli, "Stranger in Paradise", on You Tube.

MegL wrote on September 3, 2021, 7:46 AM

I went to listen to it. Very nice duet.

VinceSummers wrote on September 3, 2021, 12:29 PM

Tony is still alive. Very interestingly, he has Alzheimer's. Apparently, perhaps in part due to his constant appearances, etc., he has experienced a slow progression of the illness, rather than a rapid one.

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MegL wrote on September 5, 2021, 2:24 PM

He must be a great age now. Glad to hear it's only a slow progression.