Hey there! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season full of music and relaxation. Music Service Club just had its first meeting of 2018, where we kicked off another semester of, well, service! We saw lots of familiar faces and welcomed many new ones.
Now for something a little different!
Over winter break, I went to see the (relatively) new Disney Pixar movie, Coco. This might seem sort of out of nowhere, but for those of you who've seen it, you can probably guess where this is going. Coco is about the power of memory and, more relevantly, the power of music!
Without giving too much away, the protagonist Miguel is an amateur musician who loves music and wants to share it, but his family doesn't allow him to play his guitar. His great-grandmother, another character in the movie, suffers from Alzheimer's disease. Her name is Mama Coco, and Miguel loves to talk to her and spend time with her as much as he loves music. The movie spends a long time building up Mama Coco as a lovable character both to the audience and to her great-grandson.
At some point in the movie, though, Mama Coco's condition worsens. She starts to forget some very important things about family and becomes verbally unresponsive. Miguel is there with her as this happens, and the scene starts to feel very real as we watch her forget through his eyes.
But then, Miguel starts to play and sing a song from Mama Coco's past. The audience watches her face light up and her fingers start to tap on the arm of her wheelchair. As soon as the song ends, Mama Coco happily relays experiences from her life that this song returned to her. It's clear that she isn't cured, but for a moment, music grants her happiness and comfort and brings her back to her family.
I rarely cry at movies, but I'm not ashamed to admit I was a bit of a mess after that scene.
Even though it was fiction, Coco held so much truth about the power of music and what it can do for people. If you ever get a chance, definitely give it a watch. Just make sure you have an entire box of tissues beside you.