I met a traveller from an ancient land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert… Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
~ Percy Bysshe Shelley
The score for Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan could easily be the magnum opus of John Williams’ entire musical career: it is truly nothing short of a masterpiece. Interestingly enough, rather than mirror the onscreen carnage, Williams opts for a more restrained approach. A wise choice – the result is one of the most haunting, reflective, and heroic scores you’re ever likely to hear. A masterpiece, as I said before, and a stirring tribute to the brave men who fought, bled, and died during World War II.
The opening track, Hymn To The Fallen, is undoubtedly the highlight of the score, rising from quiet beginnings to a lofty, soaring theme that fairly bursts with horns, strings, drums, and the voices of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Omaha Beach is also a powerful cue, and introduces the primary motif that is echoed throughout the rest of the score. Defense Preparations and The Last Battle are somewhat more intense, yet are pervaded by a sense of grim resignation and impending loss – appropriate, considering the film’s setting. The album ends with a reprise of Hymn To The Fallen, which brings everything to an reflective, satisfying conclusion.
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by Lew Rockwell
“If our Founding Fathers were alive today, what would they think of America? Surely they would be very proud that the United States stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific and has built some of the most amazing cities that the world has ever seen. They would probably be surprised that the country they founded went on to become the greatest economic machine in the history of the world, and they would be absolutely astounded by things like our interstate highway system and the Internet. However, there are quite a number of things that they would be horrified about as well. The fact that over 40 million Americans are dependent on the federal government for their daily food would be deeply disturbing to our founders. Also, the fact that the U.S. government has accumulated the greatest mountain of debt in human history would be incredibly distressing to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and the rest of the founders. But perhaps most of all, our founders would be absolutely disgusted that the land where Americans could once be free to pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness has become so tightly regulated and controlled that Americans dare not even squeak without the permission of the federal government.
“Needless to say, our founders would certainly not understand many of our institutions or many of the advanced technologies that we have today. But without a doubt they would be able to grasp how far we have fallen as a nation and how far we have strayed from the fundamental principles that they enshrined in our founding documents. The United States is a much different place today than it was in 1776, and unfortunately many of the changes have been for the worse.
“The following are 50 mind blowing facts about modern America that our Founding Fathers never would have believed….
HT Dan Phillips @ Biblical Christianity