Summer in Memory
In our memory, summer is Totoro dozing in the forest, is vegetables washed by the cool water, is a valley of a girl flying the wind, and a garden full of green...Summer in memory is the audio-visual feast that Hayao Miyazaki and Joe Hisaishi bring to us.
The theme of this week's reading meeting is Hisaishi's classic music.
"Nausica of the Valleyof the Wind" was their first collaboration. After then, they began a friendship of more than three decades of mutual companionship and achievement. They are like Boya and Ziqi. The works of them can always be properly integrated together, and those fantastic pictures can always be presented perfectly. In this film, both "Communication with The King Bug" and "Nausicaa Requiem" are very consistent with the scenes in the film. The humming of children is interwoven in the music. Every time I hear it, I feel like seeing those segments again.
“Spirited Away” is one of the most famous works. Among it, the song "That Summer" is very impressive. The overall melody of the song moves from heavy to jumping to calm, which seems to be a true portrayal of Chihiro's growth. As said in the movie, “no matter how hard the road ahead is, as long as you go in the right direction, you are closer to happiness than standing at the origin.” Chihiro struggles to live in the world and influences the friends around her. In the face of difficulties, we can’t give up easily, maybe the person who rescued us also need us to rescue. In addition, "that summer" is a song that brings us different feelings in different nodes. It is impossible that someone will always accompany us to the end. When people want to get off with us, we should say goodbye with a smile. Watch Miyazaki Hayao's animation, warmth comes from eyes into heart; Listen to the music of Hisaishi, warmth from ear into heart. Two masters add indispensable color for millions of people.
Most of Miyazaki's cartoons advocate peace and environmental protection, and simple human nature. In the animation "Castle in the sky", "the sea of clouds under the moonlight" this song seems to tell the story of "loss", loss of childhood, loss of spiritual home...The life of man is like the song of the valley, coexisting with the wind, singing with the birds, racing with the time……People often have to struggle in the rainstorm, but beatiful scenerary can be seen everywhere. These are the boundless inspiration they teach us.
Students also recommended the music in the “Kiki’s Delivery Service”, “Howl’s Moving Castle”, ”the Wind Rises” and “Princess Mononoke”, which have a profound thinking to the environment, the praise of couragement, and the call for peace. All of these move us. Yang Jingyi also played the song "Summer", which brought us a surprise.
As the teacher said, it is difficult to make art. Many artists are down and out when they are unknown, but they still stick to their heart and focus on what they love. It is really not easy. I hope we can not only be immersed in the master's music, but also to learn from the master's attitude towards life.