Friday, March 3, 2017

What Is It About The Notion Of Frontier That Keeps It So Compelling

What is it about a... Well, let's call it the Frontier Ethos. The kind of sense, and spirit, of being on an edge; an essential edge between living, blood and bone close, to as much of everything primal as possible, and yet also be objectified enough, and civilized enough, to not only talk about, and appreciate, it all across multiple sensory, and expression, paths, but also be possessed of enough contrast so as to be both shocked and exhilarated by the embrace of the primitive we've learned to keep in check.

I know a lot of people thought the movie Last of the Mohicans, the one that Michael Mann produced and directed, was a bit corny (dating myself expression wise), but I have to admit that I've always been a sucker for that kind of thing. As such, I enjoyed this movie a lot, crying and all. And one of the best aspects of the production as a whole, was the soundtrack, done by Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman. And in particular there, of course, is the main theme.

It seems to me that you can't listen to that main theme, or watch the movie, and not get a big taste of that "Frontier Ethos."

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