Red: [narrating] I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about. Truth is, I don’t want to know. Some things are best left unsaid. I’d like to think they were singing about something so beautiful, it can’t be expressed in words, and makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you, those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free.
Something a bit different for my Birthday Blog, as approaching the milestone of 40 makes you think about life, missed opportunities and the things that could have been. I also watched the end of Shawshank Redemption on Monday night, so watched the whole film again last night, which got me musing and philosophising, always a dangerous thing! There are some great lines in the film, and the theme, of hope/despair/ patience and perseverance through adversity shines throughout.
Andy Dufresne: That’s the beauty of music. They can’t get that from you… Haven’t you ever felt that way about music? Red: I played a mean harmonica as a younger man. Lost interest in it though. Didn’t make much sense in here. Andy Dufresne: Here’s where it makes the most sense. You need it so you don’t forget. Red: Forget? Andy Dufresne: Forget that… there are places in this world that aren’t made out of stone. That there’s something inside… that they can’t get to, that they can’t touch. That’s yours. Red: What’re you talking about? Andy Dufresne: Hope.
I remember the first time I saw it, in 1998, just after an accident and it was so incredible I actually did cry, not just because I ‘got’ the message, but because of the state I was in. It was just so powerful.
Andy Dufresne: [in letter to Red] Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.
Some of the things I’ve been thinking about has included how I handle stress. Two people have commented about how much better my voice is, so much that I am really hoping to do some Radio work at some point.
Red:Get busy Living, or get busy dying, that’s damn right.
I’m almost at 100 posts, got a few reviews, travel tales and Furry critters to share, not least the trip to the Museum to see the Dinosaurs! So it is exciting stuff, so stay tuned!!
Red: [narrating] I find I’m so excited; I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it’s the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.