Monday, November 7, 2022

May the force be with you.


Where were you in 1980? I was teaching high school and, therefore, attuned to all the culture of the day, especially that which interested teenagers. One of the phenomena of the time was the Star Wars series.

Arguably the most popular of the series was The Empire Strikes Back which included the introduction of what would become one of the most popular characters, Yoda, the Jedi teacher. Additionally, this is when Luke finds out that the dreaded Jedi master who turned to the dark side and wore the iconic black mask, Darth Vader, was his father.

This weekend the Erie Philharmonic orchestra took the place of the London Symphony and played the entire score along with the showing of the movie. To say that it was out of this world, wonderful, magnificent doesn't really cover being there. I was so proud to be from "little Erie" and to know of such a musical masterpiece coming from our very, very fine orchestra.

On the spiritual side, "May the force be with you" became a greeting that had obvious overtones for all of us who are believers in things beyond the tangible, earthbound world. 

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