More on fireworks

Two years ago, in response to another Guy Fawkes night and its associated pathetic firework display in my back garden, I spoke of how annoying home fireworks were. Since then I have learned my lesson: go to a public fireworks display. Last night I visited Spooktactular at Himley Hall (warning: crap conversion of a PDF), which cost us a stupendous fifteen quid to get in (£6/adult and £3 for parking; Niamh was free), after queueing for half an hour in the car.
And it was bloody excellent.
The fair was rather packed. The bonfire was large, but had no Guy on top of it. And the firework display was superb. Long and strong and definitely worth it. They had music playing all through it, taking shameless advantage of how Hallowe‘en was a week ago; there were songs from The Lost Boys and The Addams Family and Ghostbusters. And there was Bring Me To Life by Evanescence, and a few others. Went well with the music: a touch of the dramatic, some big beats, that sort of thing. None of them, however, could hold a candle to the music that played over the huge sky-lighting rainbow-shaded crashing explosive finale of coloured lights in the sky, because that music was Orff’s Carmina Burana (well, O Fortuna from same, for pedants). It’s such a good bit of music for dramatic things. It is, in fact, one of the three best bits of classical music ever written, along with Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by Bach (and even then only the beginning bit, and only if played on a really massive church organ) and the Dies Irae from Verdi’s Requiem, and that’s not only equally dramatic but also terrifying. Rodrigo’s Concierto d‘Aranjuéz gets an honourable mention at number four, but it is for guitar which is silly. Plus, Gladys once corrected me on the pronunciation of “Aranjuéz” in such a patronising way that I had to shoot him.
How did I get on to music? I was talking about fireworks.
If you even remotely like fireworks then you should go to a public display. If your gsrden ones disappoint you because they say “Global Thermonuclear War” on the wrapper and look more like “Light Green Ejaculation” once lit then go to a public fireworks display. Half the time they’re run by the local council anyway, so you’re helping them to get money to do useful things like fix roads and so on, which can’t be a bad thing.

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