Message from the Father to the Bride: Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major and Manly Virtue By Paul Walker

     I saw the following clip mentioned here:

     The clip is surprisingly moving, which is a Japanese music advertisement based upon Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major, a simple, but haunting bitter sweet piece dating perhaps from 1680. The music was forgotten for centuries then received a revival in the 20th century, and today is popular at both weddings and funerals. It was played as I walked with my bride from the altar. Everyone learning  the piano has to tackle it at some point, and it is not hard to play; beauty in simplicity. As for the video, many people shed tears seeing it. It is characteristically Japanese, dealing with story of a father raising a daughter, with the death of his wife, and music being the common link, a metaphor for their life. The story involves the father delivering a message to his daughter at her wedding by playing Canon himself, only he was no musician, and learnt the piece especially for the wedding, as an act of will. As he struggles to play, the life story unfolds, with flashback scenes. The struggle to play is a symbol of the life struggle that he has endured, and his message by going through the ordeal of learning to play himself, is that she will need to continue the struggle that she to went through in learning to play as a child, in the road ahead of her.

     This will hit home on fathers, so see if you can watch this with a dry eye. I sent the link to my daughter, and she did not find herself moved. No, this is about fatherly love, honour, struggle and standing firm, whatever adversity life throws at you. The West is incapable of putting together an advertisement like this, being preoccupied with toxic masculinity. Only in Asian does a little bit of traditional masculine virtue survive.

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