Musical Musings

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Posted by NightSky on December 06, 1999 at 11:31:21:

I just wondered thru the Musical Musings portion of the web site for the first time, and since the music was what made my husband and myself true fans of the movie, I thought I's share a little history with you. We first saw LOTM at the theater when it was first released, but at the time we had 5 year old twin sons and had forgotten what it was like to sleep. My overwhelming memory from having seen it was how loud it was and that I had a terrible headache. We didn't watch it on cable, nor did we ever rent the video. It was a movie that was strictly in our past. That was until two years ago when we spent a week at Disney World in the Wilderness Lodge. The lobby to the Lodge is huge and cavernous, a place Hawkeye would have felt right at home in. There was a tape of western themed movie theme songs that ran continuously, and it became a game for us to identify the music as we walked through the lobby. But there was a piece of music that both of us recognized, but neither could identify. It was driving us crazy, but the most amazing thing was that when that piece of music played, the lobby appeared frozen in time. It was as though everyone stopped to listen, and there were at least 50 people in the lobby at any given time. By the third day I couldn't stand it any longer so I went to the front desk to ask. I had just barely started by saying "There's a piece of music...." when the receptionist said, "It's the Last of the Mohicans theme song." I asked how she knew which piece I was asking about, and she said it was because it was the one everyone asked about, the one that stopped people in mid-sentence and froze everyone in the lobby. It took almost another two years before we watched the movie again, and then it was only because Fox showed it during prime time, and my now 13 year old twins wanted to watch. Since then, we've bought the tape, and it's become one of my husbands favorites. I mentioned to him that at the Gathering 2000, there would be a chance to see it in a theater again, but the Gathering comes at a hard time for us, as we'll have new foals on the ground that will need close watching. But I'm hoping that since we're less than 100 miles away, we could make it for at least that one night so we could both enjoy it on the big screen as it was meant to be enjoyed.

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