Losing a Friend
As we were nearing the completion of the Mayflower II score, I was greatly saddened to hear of the sudden death of a friend. He was a brother, both in the sense that we shared the same passion and profession as composers, but also in that we are both children of Christ.
When I received this news, we had just begun writing the final cue for the Mayflower II film–the end credits. End credits can be a very special opportunity for film composers, as credits sequence gives us an opportunity to freely write with the themes and ideas we have developed throughout the film. There is very little limitation, since we are not writing “to picture” and syncing our music to what is happening in the story.
Well, I had to throw out our first credits music. Creatives in any field can relate to how fragile the creative process is. It can be a very emotional process, and sometimes, we go through something which throws off our balance. It can completely wreck the mental flow required to write, and that is certainly what happened to me in this case. The heaviness I felt made it impossible to continue in the direction we were headed.
Pain and Hope
So, I started over. I wrote the music I wanted to write, for my friend. At first, there was pain. It hurts to see someone, even a passing acquaintance, yanked from the earth without any notice. The suddenness of it is jarring. The pain, numbing. There is so much hurt and loss in that realization that we cannot see someone again for the rest of our lives.
But, after the pain, we can rest in hope. I have faith that when I leave this world, it will be to rush to the feet of our Creator. Our world is beautiful, but even more beautiful is the moment we break free.
Escape Velocity is the velocity at which a body of mass can break free from a planet and rise from orbit. The momentary impact and crush of death is nothing but the unstoppable impulse that rockets us heavenward. Like a first booster stage dropping away back to earth, our bodies fall away from us, but we will rise.
I knew David as a great lover of science fiction, of adventure, and grand stories. More importantly than that, though, is the love he had for our Savior, Jesus Christ. How fitting, that the things he loved were the very things I was trying to write about.
God taught me something through David, and I know that though he is not here with us anymore, it is because his moment came, and God accelerated him to escape velocity. To glory!