Hubby and I were watching an old movie last night: Shawshank Redemption. The movie stars Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins and is about a young banker, Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), who is falsely convicted of having murdered his wife and her lover. The movie deals among other things with Andy’s — and his co-prisoners — experience with prison life.
I won’t write a review here, but there was one scene where Andy abuses his hard (and smartly) earned privileges when he plays a beautiful female duet of a Mozart composition over the prison intercom.
The moment the inmates hear the almost angelic tune, they drop whatever they do and listen to the music. The beauty both of the voices and the music seems so out of place in an environment dominated by barbarousness and corruption. Completely enchanted and oblivious of their harsh surroundings, the prisoners experience for a short while what the rest of the world takes for granted; for a moment, they reclaim a treasure they left outside the prison walls. They caught a glimpse of the magic of music.
The Gaslight — It’s Just Like Magic (Polydor 1975)
Willie Hutch — The Magic Of Love (Season For Love, RCA 1970)
Greg Perry — Love Is Magic (One For The Road, Casablanca 1975)
Lou Johnson — This Magic Moment (Sweet Southern Soul, Water 2004)