You will notice that with any tune associated with forbidden or unrequited love – there is an underlying sadness and pain that is tangible in the melody line. Song writers seem to use a minor key to convey the melancholy feeling that they are feeling. I have written songs that are like this about something poignant and cannot be described in any other way – a sweet and sad melody.
In Mr. Holland’s Opus – the lead character, a high school music teacher finds himself drawn to a high school student who clearly has a crush on him. It is during a time in his life – mid-life, where he is caught in the every day monotony of his life – with no challenge and no meaning – until this young girl walks into his music theater program. She auditions and has the most incredible singing voice and is cast in Mr. Holland’s musical about George and Ira Gershwin. Her name is Rowena. It is during rehearsals that he finds himself fascinated by her – and her to him. She hears him playing this song on the piano and she begins humming a haunting melody line while he is playing. It moves him and he goes home and entitles his piece, “Rowena’s Song”.
No – Mr. Holland does not cheat on his wife. He is clearly flattered by her attention and admiration – but in the end, though tempted – he turns her away and goes home to his wife. This is the remarkable part of the story. The sadness and the joy. The strength of character and the amazing love for his wife that is greater than any temptation. In this song – you can hear the sadness and the resolve. My favorite part of the movie. I hope you will be inspired and moved by its lovely melody. And I highly recommend the movie “Mr. Holland’s Opus” if you have never seen it.
Now Enjoy – “Rowena’s Song”