Yes, I’m feeling inspired by the thought of all those July 4th fireworks. I’m traveling so I missed the explosive fun on the East River in New York. Each year it’s an enormous display of color, lights and—most telling for me—thunderous sounds. The banging, crashing, jarring, stomach dropping explosions always overpower the music.
Here’s my question… What is it about fireworks that entrances crowds? Yes, the carefully arranged colorful plumes are beautiful, but is it something more? Is it, in fact, that banging, crashing, jarring, stomach dropping explosive sound track? Fireworks are aggressive and demanding. They are symbolic of real warfare, but made absolutely pretty.
So, are we drawn to it because of the extravagant display or the warrior sounds? I’m not sure. I’ve seen many displays, in different places. July 4th in NYC is a particularly big event and, over the years, I’ve often missed it—even avoided it. If there’s a convenient roof with a view and a good party—I’m in, but the crowds along the river are huge and uncomfortable.
Huge uncomfortable crowd, loud alarming noises, wild displays of color on a darkened sky…Woo Hoo! The perfect setting for a story. I can see a chase scene through the crowd; the thundering blasts that make the characters jump, cover nefarious pops of gunfire and mask cries for help.
Um… Gotta see what I can do with this while I’m far away from the madding crowd.