By Kevin Stoda
Last night, I watched the film, THE SOLOIST. In that film, the main protagonist, Nathaniel Ayers, is enamored by all musicians. The character, played by Jamie Foxx, raves about Beethoven and when Beethoven's concerts were being performed, this character felt as if Ludwig von Beethoven were in the room. His joy was contagious.
Ayer's sense of appreciation and marvel for Beethoven at such moments were so great that the other primary protagonist, played by Robert Downey, Jr., stated that he was thus inspired to feel the joy of the other. This created in him, too, a joy and sense of oneness with the music, which was inspiring his friend. In short, the Downey character felt the "Ode to Joy" of Nathaniel Ayers at an extreme level of contagion.
As I write this vignette, in the very streets of the town of Banli on BeiganIsland I hear Ludwig von Beethoven's "Fuer Elise"--or simply often known as"Elise". At least twice a day, this tune "Fuer Elise" (For Elise) winds its way through the 7 villages of this particular island (which belongs to Taiwan, but is located a stone's throw from mainland China).
You see--"Fuer Elise" is the theme song for the two local garbage trucks. As the trucks enter each town and head down the roadway to each village, the two trucks blare the tune of Beethoven's across the air-space.
If you live in the seven vil lages of this island of Taiwan and you have forgotten to take out your garbage, you can run out with your trash at the last moment.