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Inexplicably, a little moist-eyed over here after watching this. Not sure why. But I loved it.
Deacon Greg says wouldn’t you like to be greeted like this in heaven?
Way too cool! Got a little misty myself. Three cheers for the folks who planned that and pulled it off! And yes, I’d love to be greeted in Heaven like that!
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Maybe it’s the power of suggestion, but I got teary-eyed too.
The reactions are priceless.
Stop suggesting the teary eyed thing, Anchoress! Its working. (sniiiiifff!!!)
I’m so happy to see people being creative and using these now-in-vogue public singing scenes. They seem to unite folks in a positive, upbeat, beauty-filled way. No one is fighting. No one feels their differences. Everyone is welcoming, participating. I think that is why heaven comes to mind.
Have to remember not to wear mascara when reading the Anchoress….
On a related, but slightly different note, the last time I flew through Chicago Midway (in late April), I was on a layover, wandering between various gates and food places and someone at one of the gates announced that a soldier was returning at that gate from Iraq (or Afghanistan, I don’t remember which). They had a flag there, some of his military buddies and family and friends, of course, plus a whole lot of us who they persuaded to help welcome him back. As soon as he came out of the gate, we all started clapping and someone gave him some flowers, then he met his friends and family, and after that, other people started shaking his hand, too.
T-mobile had another similar ad previously, at one of the big train stations in London: a group of dancers “spontaneously” begin a series of short dances of different types.
But this one, at the airport, is much different. In part because the singers directly engage not an audience, but in a sense, their fellow travelers.
This, to me, has much more of the quality of liturgical music — music within the context of the liturgy — than it does a performance.
And that’s why, I think it affects us, moves us: the singers create beauty the midst of the travelers’ (and our) mundanity — weary, worn, anxious, resigned, relieved, numb — and it transforms the travelers’ experience.
In an odd way, it reminds me of the improbably wonderful musical numbers in the Disney movie “Enchanted,” especially “That’s how you know” which unfolds in Central Park. link
Ambushed by grace.
I got misty as well! Of course I got misty watching Pink in the T-Mobile in Trafalagar (sp?) Square. Maybe we tear up because it’s a group of unrelated people enjoying each other and the power of music. It touches something very basic within us.
Kurt, that’s wonderful.
There’s one in a Belgium train station where people start dancing to Julie Andrews singing “Do Re Mi” It’s excellent.
Dang. I made it to the last 30 seconds and then the “Welcome Home” just NAILED me.
I think we are touched by this because of the joy on the faces of the bystanders and travelers. We are social creatures and do take joy in seeing others joyful. Add circumstances where family, friends or lovers are reunited and it is a strong emotional cocktail to serve up on the unsuspecting.
I knew some fine folks who used to, for fun, go to a nearby airport and play the “Reunited” game – spot each other across the terminal and run together, arms outstretched, as though they’d been apart for years. A kick for them to see all the reactions!
It was wonderful, Miss A!
Intrusive and presumptuous. Mindless sentimentality. If I want to subject myself to this kind of nonsense, I’ll go see “Rent” or watch “Glee” on TV. (Not Likely!)
Sachiko: Yeah, I thought that incident was pretty impressive, too.
Lori: Your story reminds me of the time I went with two college friends to meet a third college friend at the airport. (We had all been out of school a few years at that point.) The three of us went with large signs that said his name, like he was some sort of foreign exchange student or something. Our intent was to embarrass him, but when we got there, he was already waiting for us, so we didn’t get to use the signs.
Stan, that’s what got me, too! I was fine until the “Welcome Home”
Thanks for posting this, Anchoress!
Ehh…I spent most of the video thinking about how uncomfortable I’d feel and that, in the land of the free and the home of the brave, they’d all be arrested as a security threat.
Then to find out it’s a commercial?!?
Sorry to be a Debbie Downer here, but…ehh.
Think I’ll play it again.
I loved it! I was more than a little misty-eyed, much to my embarrassment.
Kurt, that was a wonderful story!
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