Flight 1549 and Silhouette Factor

Tonight's episode of 60 Minutes was quite moving. I was misting up at times.

The main segment, concerning Flight 1549, was doubled to 40 minutes. The first half was a well paced one-on-one interview between Katie Couric and Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who landed the US Airways jet on the Hudson River, January 15th. The pilot was very well spoken and in control but you could see the passion behind his words. It was compelling. The second part of the segment concerned the rest of the flight crew and later on the passengers meeting the crew in Charlotte, NC. Very emotional and intense.

The final segment of the show was about Coldplay. That's what inspired me to use the picture here, which I took yesterday in Eno River Park. You see, Chris Martin, the vocalist for the group, mentioned in his interview that he measures the effectiveness of their song set by how many people leave the stadium for hot dogs or other refreshments. According to him, Martin keeps his eyes on the exits and when he sees silhouettes in the doors, he knows that to some degree he's losing a connection with the audience.He referred to it as the Silhouette Factor.

In an odd coincidence, tonight on HD Net they're showing Coldplay: How We Saved the World, a March 2006 concert movie. They're quite a band and that 60 Minutes interview was really interesting and entertaining. The 4 guys in the band seem amazingly down to earth, very committed to what they do and free of the distractions of celebrity.


kenju said…
I saw Sully and the reunion in Charlotte. It is very moving and it's wonderful how the people responded to him and told him how thankful they were.

I was not very familiar with Chris Martin, except knowing that he was married to Gwyneth, but I was very impressed by that interview and I certainly see the attraction.
Carmi said…
It's always nice to see an artist so focused on making that connection with the audience. So much of today's celebrity is so ridiculously tied up in the shallow trappings of fame and fortune that it's a pleasure to see someone who goes against the grain.

That their music is wonderful for our entire family to enjoy is a great bonus.
Anonymous said…
On my recent flights to NYC and back to Charlotte, I was amused to note how much they pounded on the water landing safety stuff.

Usually (previously), it's just... yeah, um, you have a life preserver and your seat cushion floats.

But now? We know where they are, how to remove them from their location ,how to hold onto them, now to inflate them in case they don't work.

Responding to demand, I suppose.

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