I've given the project the tentative name of "Seeds for a Common Garden" based on conversations I had with a friend on April 10. I met her and her husband at lunch that day and started what we both later agreed was a unique outpouring of energy. We spoke on the phone later that day and more of that energy surfaced.
Just days after those conversations I came by the introductory volume to Encyclopaedia Britannica's 1952 Great Books of the Western World series. Included were excerpts from the original introduction to the series by Robert M. Hutchins called The Great Conversation. The so-called canon of books that represents the essentials of Western civilization has been challenged again and again since that time but the list of major topics seem to me unchanged: being, beauty, truth, justice, knowledge, wisdom, virtue, education, art, liberty, etc
This morning a meetup member sent me a link that again led to more of that energy:
Eric Whitacre studied at Julliard under Oscar-winning composer John Corigliano after discovering in college that he loved music while singing with his college choir. In 2007 his musical, Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings, won the Richard Rodgers Award and was sold-out at Carnegie Hall in 2010. That same year he gathered a "virtual choir" of over a thousand voices from all over the world. This video gives an excerpt from an even larger work called Sleep.
Technology is making possible audio and visual collaboration over social and multimedia Internet resulting in works that boggle the mind. What if, instead of voices singing songs we put together voices and images articulating ideas, a kind of global oral history chorus, presented with the tools and aesthetics available to us today in digital filmmaking? Instead of quarreling over split-hair analyses we can all join into something like a choral Seed Ideas of Whole Earth, altos and basses, sopranos and tenors blending in one great voice?
What struck me the most about the conversations on May 10 was not so much the ideas that bubbled up as the bubbling up that gave rise to those ideas. It's the process and its products are not as important as what they point back to, energy spawned when people are primed to challenge each other to mind- and heart-stopping dialogue. The Christian Bible has Jesus saying: when two or three are gathered in my name, there shall I be also. It's attitude that creates, imbuing the ordinary with sacred power. It's that which I want the film to capture and communicate.
There is never time unless we believe something is worth a chunk of the time we are given each day or week or month or year. I won't hold it against you or anyone else who chooses not to participate in this project. We each have to find that piece of ground on which we know we must stand.
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