Dedicated to the students of Capitol City Young Writers
Perhaps the Greatest Note Ever Composed
By Charles Redner
I cry for the music floating from my stereo speakers, Adagio for Strings.
a haunting melody beyond beautiful.
I cry for the images revisited when remembering where I first heard the
piece—long ago, in a movie theatre, watching Platoon.
I cry for the composer because a movie director chose this labor to
underscore his interpretation of a military blunder.
I cry for the note a nine-year-old, Samuel Barber, wrote his mother:
Dear Mother: I have written to tell you my worrying secret. Now don’t cry when you read it because it is neither yours nor my fault. I suppose I will have to tell it now, without any nonsense. To begin with I was not meant to be an athlete. I was meant to be a composer, and will be I’m sure. I’ll ask you one more thing .—Don’t ask me to try to forget this unpleasant thing and go play football.—Please—Sometimes I’ve been worrying about this so much that it makes me mad (not very).
I cry because at age nine, I didn’t write my mother.
Instead, I played football.
May 10, 2010
Connectivity:As I wrote “Perhaps The Greatest Note Ever composed.” listening to Barber’s music from the movie Platoon, I recalled a young actor we hired to film a half dozen television commercials. He had just come off filming the movie. He was hilariously funny; we kept knocking out important feature/benefits of the product in order to keep his adlibs. You may know him as Dr. Perry Cox in SCRUBS. He played the cowardly sergeant in the film—John C. McGinley. I marched next to John and his son Max last summer at a Down syndrome Buddy Walk in LA. His son was born with Down syndrome. I once again look for John for personal reasons. His gate keepers are tougher now than when John first hit Hollywood.
Causes Charles Redner Supports
All Down syndrome associations, Buddy Walks in LA, Tucson and Orange Country CA