Once again it’s time for the weekly Sunday Brunch with ZA Maxfield! This week, we have one awesome friend joining us! Please welcome Lloyd A. Meeker!
This week’s question is: “Do you remember the first movie you ever saw? What was it, and how did you feel?”
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Now let’s hear from Lloyd A. Meeker!
Fantasia came to Loveland, the Colorado town closest to the farm where I was born, some time in the fifties and I was included in a carload of kids organized to go see it. While going to a movie was a big deal for us all in itself, Fantasia blew the doors off my imagination. Happily I don’t think I’ve ever recovered the doors! I’m very grateful. The movie changed the way I experience music, that’s for sure. Just the orchestra warm-up made me shiver.
The abstract shapes that rolled across the screen to Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor somehow rewired all my circuits. Each of the episodes gave me something, including the perfect object lesson provided by Schubert’s Ave Maria, that of how dull being “holy” must be.
In contrast, Night on Bald Mountain was pretty hot, the harpies had red nipples. Rites of Spring was awesome with the doomed dinosaurs, Dance of the Hours was fun, as was Tchaikovsky’s Nutckracker. I loved Beethoven’s Sixth, even at my tender age I thought the muscular centaurs were mighty fine. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice scared the snot out of me. Another object lesson — this time about being a naughty boy!
There may have been other musical segments, but those are the ones I remember fifty some years later. Overall, I hit just about every color on the emotional spectrum that an eight year-old kid can experience, and I came away with a completely rearranged sense of what was possible in stories, and certainly a new feel for music and ideas coming together.
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Thank you to Llyod for joining us this week!