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The Power of Music
September 5, 2010 8:39 AM   Subscribe

A 90-year-old WWII vet recounts a remarkable experience. (SLYT)
posted by gman (27 comments total) 26 users marked this as a favorite

 
The power of music? The power of empathy.
posted by Submiqent at 9:08 AM on September 5, 2010


Well, music can help people find empathy, so it's the same difference.

Great story.
posted by kbanas at 9:10 AM on September 5, 2010


If the guy never thought how the German was feeling, we'd be one heart warming story less today. The music was the medium, he had already found the empathy. But yeah great vid <3
posted by Submiqent at 9:16 AM on September 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


I shared this the other day. Although we can't verify the story, of course, I wouldn't doubt the honesty of the man himself; look at that face.

I can't imagine hearing a story like this from a veteran of a recent war.
posted by Countess Elena at 9:38 AM on September 5, 2010 [3 favorites]


Great story; thanks for sharing it.

I could have done without the camera making "arty" jumps from one angle to the next—just let the guy tell his story, and stop distracting us!—but what the hell, it's a small price to pay.
posted by languagehat at 9:46 AM on September 5, 2010 [4 favorites]


Thanks so much for sharing!
posted by Herschel at 10:01 AM on September 5, 2010


What? I have allergies. or something in my eye. really
posted by dabitch at 10:09 AM on September 5, 2010 [3 favorites]


Choked me up more than I thought - nice story.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 10:57 AM on September 5, 2010


That was really beautiful. Watched it twice.
posted by heyho at 11:04 AM on September 5, 2010


I found myself again puzzled by how a thing as evil as war can bring out the best in people.
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 11:54 AM on September 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


Does anyone want to, you know, provide a summary? Maybe, possibly, in the summary would have been a good place to put the summary?
posted by thesmophoron at 11:59 AM on September 5, 2010


His story brings to mind the WWI Christmas Truce (1914). It was the subject of the 2005 film Joyeux Noël [trailer].
posted by ericb at 12:14 PM on September 5, 2010


Touching story, what a fine gent - thanks for sharing, gman! Obligatory.
posted by madamjujujive at 12:27 PM on September 5, 2010


duh - meant to link to this!
posted by madamjujujive at 12:28 PM on September 5, 2010


Does anyone want to, you know, provide a summary?

Someone doesn't shoot a guy playing a trumpet.
posted by found missing at 12:33 PM on September 5, 2010 [8 favorites]


I found myself again puzzled by how a thing as evil as war can bring out the best in people.

Perhaps because people are sometimes able to be more than the situation they find themselves in.
posted by tommasz at 12:55 PM on September 5, 2010 [3 favorites]


Metafilter: Someone doesn't shoot a guy playing a trumpet
posted by memebake at 1:46 PM on September 5, 2010


Music is also a weapon.
posted by hawkeye at 3:39 PM on September 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


Beautiful. Thank you for this.
posted by jbickers at 5:28 PM on September 5, 2010


>Does anyone want to, you know, provide a summary?

Someone doesn't shoot a guy playing a trumpet.


Bad move, baaad move.
posted by uncanny hengeman at 6:20 PM on September 5, 2010


found missing: "Does anyone want to, you know, provide a summary?

Someone doesn't shoot a guy playing a trumpet.
"

Unless he's playing it at 3am, when it's completely justified.
posted by bwg at 6:53 PM on September 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


Here's another incredible story from that era: In 1938, Nicholas Winton helped 669 Jewish kids escape certain death from the Nazis. He never told anyone that he did this.
posted by bwg at 7:03 PM on September 5, 2010 [5 favorites]


Thank you so much for that, bwg.
posted by Rumpled at 3:03 AM on September 6, 2010


Rumpled: "Thank you so much for that, bwg."

My pleasure, that video made me tear up even more than the original link.
posted by bwg at 5:42 AM on September 6, 2010


Fantastic post. With all the stories on stupid animal tricks and get-ricn-quick schemes, this one was quite refreshing.
posted by mdbronco at 9:32 AM on September 6, 2010


And that's why we call them The Greatest Generation.
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith at 8:53 PM on September 6, 2010


That was lovely, and gives me hope for the future.
posted by bluesky43 at 2:25 PM on September 7, 2010


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