Hans Zimmer’s Aurora
Composer Hans Zimmer reaches out to the victims of the shooting in Aurora.
This is how you fight evil: With benevolence. I was already a big fan of the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises, but in the wake of the Aurora tragedy, they’re showing their true colours. First, Christopher Nolan responded to the shooting. Then, Christian Bale visited the victims in the hospital. Now, Hans Zimmer, one of this podcast’s favorite composers (who was not only responsible for the music of The Dark Knight trilogy, but Pirates of the Caribbean, Sherlock Holmes, True Romance, and Gladiator — to name but a few) is doing his part to help. On Facebook, he announced:
I recorded this song in London in the days following the tragedy as a heartfelt tribute to the victims and their families. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Aurora Victim Relief organization.
It’s a moving, haunting piece of music. After downloading it, I sat in my car listening to it. It’s eight and half minutes of gorgeous vocals and strings that may remind some of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings. It is a fitting tribute to those who died, to those who gave their life to protect others, and to the conceit that we cannot control this world — but we can learn from it. Their lives and their deaths will never be forgotten.