When I was in Middle School I was a member of the Choir and every year at Christmas time school choirs from across the metropolitan area would come together to perform Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus from the Messiah. To this day, I still feel the passion and exuberation I experienced those many years ago whenever I hear my favorite choral piece.
The Messiah is an English-language oratorio composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible, and from the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer. It was first performed in Dublin on April 13, 1742, and received its London premiere nearly a year later. After an initially modest public reception, the oratorio gained in popularity, eventually becoming one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music.
This Christmas performance by our choir was, for me, the highlight of the season! This was the early sixties and integration was an ever present topic and the city-wide chorus was an opportunity to bring all schools, black and white, together to celebrate the birth of Christ and to also bring together children who otherwise might never have met to learn and understand that we have more commonalities than differences.
So, in honor of the season and the celebration of Christ’s birth, I present from Handel’s Messiah the Hallelujah Chorus.
When you’re feeling kind of funky, low energy, out of sorts, what do you do to lift that veil? Is it movie therapy, a little cruising music, or maybe a long walk? I’m always curious and open to ideas and methods to work with my moods. I used to fight them, but that’s not healthy. I’ve learned to embrace each one, the good, the bad and the ugly.
Well, I was feeling out of sorts yesterday but I got some work done, fleshing out a marketing proposal and completing the assignment for my Digital Marketing class. Then I remembered Adele’s special was coming on and all of a sudden, a broad smile began to spread across my face.
“Million Years Ago” – Adele 25
“I feel like my life is flashing by
And all I can do is watch and cry
I miss the air, I miss my friends
I miss my mother; I miss it when
Life was a party to be thrown
But that was a million years ago”
I love, love, love Adele! That girl can “sang!” Being old school, I want to hear vocals, pure tones, and power. Well, Adele has all that and more! She is the real deal and truly the voice of her generation. I respect her brilliant song-writing talent and the intimacy of her lyrics. Yes, like a billion other people I downloaded her brilliant album, “Adele 25″, the day it was released and listened to it over and over at my chemotherapy treatment. Once again, that broad smile spread across my face.😃
Thanks Adele for coming back and sharing your gifts with the world!
P.S. So glad you’re touring the states. When you come to a city near me, rest assured, I’ll be there!
I believe in thinking outside the box and creating my own reality so Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) definitely speaks to me. I’m not sure if it’s because I just posted “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on my other blog iheartfilmblog.com, but the wisdom of Dr. Seuss feels like a practical way of living life.
One of the most incredible aspects of my cancer treatment has been the remarkable healthcare professionals I’ve encountered. From day one, I’ve felt that my care and success has been in the forefront of my doctors and support professionals minds. The thing they all have in common, a Dr. Seuss philosophy of approaching my journey with a positive attitude and a belief in enjoying each and every day.
Having just watched “The Grinch” I’m reminded that our attitude affects every aspect and quality of our lives. How it plays out depends on you.
God has been holding my hand from day one and the superior care and uplifting in prayers and love from family and friends have helped give me the wings to be fearless in my fight against cancer. And as Dr. Seuss would say, “You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so… be on your way!”
Thank you, Dr. Seuss, for the inspiration and dedication to making life fun and purposeful!