The Empty Chair

"The Empty Chair"Back in August I came across a Guinness ad.  I don’t remember where I encountered it; maybe from the MacResource Forum, where people often post Internet flotsam and jetsam. Anyway, just today a friend who finally figured out how to access her Gmail account got the email I sent round at the time to friends and family, and reminded me of it.

The video was beautifully done, but it went way beyond a clever advert.  This was a statement of human connection, and beyond this, of our obligation to those who serve in our stead, in dangerous and distant parts of the world: “We sleep peaceably in our beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on our behalf” [quotation attributed to George Orwell by Washington Times writer Richard Grenier in 1993, but apparently a paraphrase—see here.]

Here’s the video: http://biggeekdad.com/2014/07/empty-chair/

Accompanying the video is this note:

The Empty Chair Guinness Commercial salutes those who serve and while they might be out of sight they are not out of mind. If you are ever looking for an easy way to pay respect to someone that serves in the military or community just buy them a beer or pay for their meal in a restaurant. They will be very grateful for your kind gesture and recognition of their service.

I think the melody in the background is the old hymn, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.” Might be a similar one, but that’s what it sounds like to me. Here is a version Iris Dement recorded for the remake of the movie “True Grit,” which remake was a desecration of the original John Wayne classic, but ignore that. Just listen to Iris (that’s not her image on the video, by the way):

Iris-LifelineIris also recorded the song on a wonderful all-gospel album called Lifeline, here. /CL

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One Response to The Empty Chair

  1. Steve Purcell says:

    I will not pass a service man or woman in uniform in an airport (or wherever else) without a Thank You. If time permits, buy them a round of drinks. It’s the least I can do.

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