It’s funny how a song can be completely different for you during different parts of your life.
Today I dug out old CDs to test my external hard drive. In my digging I came across “COPLAND, The Music of America.” I remember when I first got the CD in my black hole of education (aka jr. high) years liking it, and that it quickly lost favor with me. I haven’t listened to Copland for a very long time since.
And then BAM! Fanfare for the Common Man grabbed me! How did I forget this song. It’s simply beautiful.
I don’t have the time to dig deep into my thoughts on “common man”, but allow me to put forth that I don’t believe any man to be common except those that settle for less than what they were made for, and I know that Copland believed the same because a soul grabbed by his music certainly doesn’t feel common, despite common struggles, and existential ponderings, common we are not.
I’ll tell you what we are: powerful, creative beings put forth on this planet by a loving Heavenly Father with an individual mission that our soul feels driven to fulfill because that is what we most strongly desire. And because we are these powerful, creative beings we can accomplish the soul’s desires. Copland believed we were and are and could.
Believe it! Put on your work boots and get to it!