Since I am not a Straussian: By commentor request, I plan to post an “Artists In Our Midst” thread this evening, for everyone’s holiday-shopping convenience. If you or your loved ones have art or craftwork to sell, get your links lined up, and be ready to put them in the comments.
Meanwhile, a little solstice-themed music to get you in the right mood (for avoiding the mall):
(h/t Cat Lady for the video link)
Best FP post title in a week.
ETA: As much as I adore flash mob videos and always will, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to watch one again without thinking of the flash mob scene during the recent birthday episode of “Modern Family”. And this holiday season, comedy is what I’m truly thankful for.
I love these things. I don’t know why but I do.
And the Hallelujah Chorus? Know it and now I’ll have it stuck in my head all day. That song is a bitch for sopranos.
Thanks Anne Laurie!
I’m not sure what readership capture is, but if it’s what I think it is, readership loyalty, how is that a bad thing? Now, if ED is alleging that readership capture is something along the lines of readers coming here and only here for news and information, then that might be bad on some level because BJ is a a ‘snarling mass of vitriolic jackals’. But it’s good for the site.
Anyway, I was wondering if you’d seen my response to you in the “Harass, snatch, or neutralize” thread? Sometimes the lesson is learned the hard way.
Oh, and the flash mob caroling was cool, too.
The thing about “Hallelujah” as christmas music is that in Handel’s oratorio it actually falls in the easter section.
@soonergrunt: How’s that ticker?
I always liked the Roches version of the Hallelujah Chorus.
@stuckinred: seems to be OK. I’m having some other issues right now. I keep getting respiratory infections, and we haven’t been able to lock it down. I’m missing a lot of work.
Dealing with VA is very stressful and that’s not helping my outlook.
I just want to go on record as noting that there is no salad bar in sight at that Arby’s.
@Tom Levenson: I thought it was the nonexistent Applebee’s salad bar at which one wouldn’t see Barack Obama. Or am I confusing memes here?
Ugh. Yes. I’m getting throat-ache just thinking about it.
@soonergrunt: I get such mixed messages on the VA. The brand new local center lost my paperwork in one fucking day. I don’t really need the bennies right now so I melted down in the lobby, mostly for the benefit of the other vets who were stuck with their bullshit. On the other hand I’ve got a couple of buddies who have had great experiences lately. Go figure.
Decades ago while sightseeing in San Antonio, I visited one of the missions. The ex and sons were missioned out so I went in by myself. Suddenly a gal stood and sang Ave Maria.
It was the type of performance that brought chills down your spine. I’m sure that those in the food court that day will remember that experience fondly.
How did that not earn the “flash mob of hate” tag? Bah humbug.
@JPL: That must have been lovely. And I bet the kids will remember. I loved the expressions on their faces.
W00t! Thanks Anne Laurie for sharing. There is no such thing as too much Handel’s Messiah, and in spite of the Famous Wok and New York Fries signs, those beautiful voices still get me choked up about a minute in. I’m going to see the professionals work it this weekend, and am preparing to be a soggy mascara streaked mess by the end. Bach concertos do it to me too. I guess I’m just a fool for baroque.
HUmor: the Angry LIberal Hall of Fame
To artistic/crafty commenters: please note whether you ship to other countries!!
It’s been snowing in the UK and after skating to work 3 days in a row I needed to have a little rant this morning about icy pavements and lazy English people.
Look upon me! I’ll show you the life of readership capture!
Nothing for sale here, but you can read my graphic novel Machiavelli at donmacdonald.com. It’s a biography of Machiavelli that I’m posting online a page at a time. (currently up to page 50)
It will smack you with readership capture.
Nice. I wish they had shown more of the onlookers faces, because they were clearly loving it. There was one little kid who was just enraptured. The singers were having fun, too, though so…
I have heard that chorus many times in a hall as a member of an audience. I was imagining hearing it being surrounded by it and was rather envying the experience.
Yeah, me too, without the mascara. Sixty-seven year old guy blubbering away like an idiot.
I don’t limit it to baroque. Beethoven does it to me too, especially symphonies 5, 7 and 9.
And Fur Elise, Moonlight Sonata…
The one I watch for is his yoke is easy. Wait to see if they hit that A.
That was awesome!
i love flashblock for chrome.
also, i liked this open thread, as i am now familiar with the Reichstag Fire Decree, so thanks, AL!
@TheMightyTrowel: followed you back to your place to complain about business owners who don’t shovel their sidewalks. It’s a universal issue. :D
Thank you for posting the video. They always make me cry.
This is happening all over the world and I think it’s just wonderful.
Random acts of culture.