the joy of knowing him
If you're like the small group of people to which I recently asked this question, then you do not know who wrote the soundtrack of the 2018, internationally-acclaimed movie, Black Panther. And this was a COLOSSAL movie, folks!
To repeat the obvious, the Black Panther was released in February, 2018 in the midst of the US observance of Black History Month - which of course was a strategic move to build a wider significance for the long-awaited blockbuster.
By then people all across the world were holding their breath through months of promotion for the release of the Marvel-themed film. Its release in cinema did not disappoint the crowds. Earning well over $700 million at the US box office alone, the film, co-written and directed by Ryan Coogler, is now the highest-grossing Superhero movie in the United States, as well as the fifth-highest grossing movie in the country's long and strong cinematic history.
I know for sure that the names of the movie's biggest stars can roll off the tongues of Black Panther movie fanatics (ahem, can we just take a moment to be star-strucked by Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong'o?) but, alas, the name of the person who created the music that carried the spirit of the movie's themes of black pride & excellence, and which set the stage for all the heart-warming and heart-testing scenes, is seemingly not equally known by very many people.
Somehow this kinda reminds me of how Jesus' role in Creation is often overshadowed. But let's establish Jesus as Creator, first.
The scripture's John 1:1-3 says:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Who was the 'Word' John was referring to? He identifies this in John 1:14
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
The 'Word' in John 1 is referring to Jesus. So, Jesus, part of the Triune God, was very present at, and in, the creation of the physical earth and its first humans. As John 1 highlights, Jesus was totally involved in creating the firmament above, the land below, the trees, animals, fishes, sun, moon, stars, and of course, Adam and Eve.
But in today's world we find that many people acknowledge and/or utilise the elements of Creation - the sun, wind, trees, moon, stars, earth, waters, and even man himself - as important to their way of life and their very existence, but they refuse or forget to acknowledge Jesus as the Creator of everything. The elements have become very important to many - they can call the stars and galaxies by name, they have stepped on the moon, they capture and distribute masses of solar, water and wind power and they use the sky to support modern communication. Yet, they do not know the name or even think of the One who, also at Creation, created the world's underlying soundtrack of unconditional love.
So, who is the person that wrote the soundtrack for Black Panther? It's the Swedish composer, Ludwig Goransson (thanks Marta for the feedback!). You can read more about Ludwig Goransson on this Wikipedia post. And while you're at it, why not search the scriptures (the Holy Bible) for information on the Jesus of Creation? You can start at the Book of John (the 1st book of the New Testament).
I'd love if you leave a comment letting me know your thoughts on this topic. Jesus is the Cornerstone of the Christian Faith, and I cannot help but think of him every single day. How about you?
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Take care, now.
Hi, I'm Charmaine Daisley and I'm inviting you to share my journey of living a pretty healthy Christian lifestyle. I'll share my adventures of eating healthy and feeding my mind with the word of God - plus anything pretty that can bring some inspiration and joy to our lives. When I'm not managing this blog, you can find me writing up a storm or doing creative brainstorming for clients.
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