The Power of Music
Follow the five steps below to get the most out of your UnLonely Film Festival experience!
Step 1: Watch the film.
Bountiful, Utah resident and World War II veteran Jack Tueller was a fighter pilot in the war who took his trumpet everywhere and played it, even two weeks after D-Day near Omaha Beach when a German sniper was taking aim where he was stationed, as he relates here. Music continued to play a central role in Tueller’s life until he died at 95 in 2016. You can read more about his remarkable life at the Salt Lake Tribune.
About the FIlmmaker
Dave Pilkington is from Centerville, Utah. His work has focused on family histories and events. At Woods Cross High School, he teaches digital media, tv broadcasting, video gaming and 3D and shares with his students that “information technology is one of the most critical and exciting subjects of our time.”
Step 2: Explore these things after watching the film.
- Can you think of a time when a piece of music impacted you in a surprising way? Or have you witnessed a time when music changed someone’s behavior or mood?
- For many of us, music is not a part of our professional work life. But can you think of a way that music could be introduced to improve your work experiences?
- When was the last time you got choked up telling a story? What was it about the story that caught you off guard? Are there certain stories from a specific time or about a specific person that you can expect will be difficult to re-tell?
- Interview an older adult, either a friend or relative, about their relationship with music. What favorite memories or stories do they have about music? Where and when did they listen to music the most in their life? Are there songs that they associate with certain periods in their life?
- Pull out your paint materials—watercolor or regular acrylic—and set up two or three songs on your stereo or streaming music service. For each song played, allow yourself to close your eyes and fully listen to the song, paying attention to the images that appear on the inside of your eyelids. Now, pick up the paint brush, pick out your colors, repeat the song and paint what you hear. Grab a new piece of paper and repeat this exercise for one or more songs and reflect on the results. How does each of the paintings reflect the music? How does each of the paintings reflect the music’s impact on you?
- Create a lift-your-spirits playlist. Put together a list of your favorite songs that you can feel close to certain will put you in a good mood. Now pick a time in the day that is typically among the hardest—in terms of fatigue, loneliness, emotional drain, or anything else—and commit to listening to the playlist at that time for a few days. Do you notice a difference?
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Step 3: Join in the conversation about the film.
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