Many of my friends deeply believe in the national motto of France - "Liberte, egalite, fraternite/ Liberty, equality, fraternity". These friends are diverse enough that how they might define that or achieving those ends might be by opposing means.
But there is no denying that they believe these core values.
This clip reminded me of the sense of unity one can feel when singing as a group. If you ever went to camp, you may remember this, even if all you remember is the group moan or physical eye-rolling that went on when you sang a dumb song. Or perhaps the time when you were teen and sang with your favorite group - boy band, church choir, opera chorus. The form doesn't necessarily matter.
|Still from Casablanca, "La Marseillaise". Warner Bros., 1942.|
But I miss the rousing group-sing-feel of us singing the anthem together. We changed from participants to observer. We become critics of the performance instead of the singers of words that are supposed to express meaning.
For today I'll enjoy watching this clip from Casablanca. I might even look up the words to La Marseillaise and at very least hum along.