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Sunday Extravaganza & Bach & Magnificat & and Bernini!

This Sunday’s sacred music comes from the opening of Bach’s Magnificat (cf. Luke 1:46-55). There’s some seriously rousing spiritual mojo happening here, right up there with Handel’s Halleluja chorus, IMO. The statue in the video is Bernini’s The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, which has me scratching my head a little bit because it’s not exactly relevant topically, though I guess I can see how someone might work themselves around to the connection.

A few days back Dave of Funny Names (otherwise known as “Amb’s Fella”) cited an unverified factoid to the effect that people with the highest IQs listen to Bach, Mozart, and the Grateful Dead!!! I was pretty tickled to hear that, and hope nobody rushes off to verify it. Please. Now, for your information, I have indeed put up some Dead, and I’ve put up some Mozart, and I’ve put up some Bach. But just to consolidate my genius status, I’ve posted this, to beef up my Bach quota.

Man, I just love this! It is so much easier than taking that stupid Mensa test.

Which I assure you is pure hogwash and would give completely unreliable results. If I ever bothered to take it, that is. And why the heck would I? Yawwwwwwnnnn. Mensa. Seriously? I mean, that test is so dang easy it would be insulting to any real self-respecting genius. You betchyer booties. Yup.

Where was I? Oh yeah. At the Wikipedia entry linked above I discovered a Khan Academy video about the Bernini statue. (I’m a huge fan of Khan Academy, which I think is pretty much the future of education.) I didn’t know they were getting into art history! That’s cool.

And it’s a pretty cool video, too, albeit low key. (Also, viewers will have to apply their respective theological filters.) One annoyance for me is that it’s done on site and so the audio is done in a kind of whisper. Anyway, if you’re into this kind of stuff, check it out! It’s an amazing statue, and gets more amazing if you hear the background and analysis.


14 responses to “Sunday Extravaganza & Bach & Magnificat & and Bernini!

  1. Liz

    a bit hesitant to phrase what I want to say as don’t want to put off any classical music folks πŸ˜‰ haha. This is gorgeous, yes like Hallelujah Chorus for sure. Most decidedly NOT easy listening, but challenging and uplifting and strengthening. Good to know your posts will make my IQ go up. Be sure to include that in any marketing you do.

    • wdydfae

      Don’t be hesitant, Liz! You’re comments are tops. We’ve run a diagnostic, and the “music snobs” we’ve been worrying about appear to be phantoms that live in my brain. The technicians are telling me that it is actually good to say things that antagonize them. It makes them pop and disappear. So we’re supposed to say outrageous things like, “Bach! Cool! Didn’t he play with Bachmann Turner Overdrive?” Then the phantom music snobs puff up and explode.

  2. amb

    I always look forward to your Sunday posts – love how you mix it up with the different music styles you feature here!

    And speaking of love … thanks for the name-drop. Keep this up and Dave is going to think I’ve hired you to be the PR specialist for my virtual love life. Although now that I think about it, that might not be a bad idea …

    • wdydfae

      Thanks! You two also get a hidden PR promo if you run the cursor over your blog name down at the bottom of the page.

      • amb

        Aww, I didn’t realize I was on your blogroll! Thank you diddy, I’m honoured πŸ™‚ Also, you crack me up.
        PS: Also, have been reading through some previous posts of yours that I missed (along with the comments) and wanted to say that if you’re looking for an intro to country music, I’m your girl! Are you in the mood for something traditional? Or can I interest you in something rock, blues, or acoustic flavoured?

      • wdydfae

        Like the proverbial tree falling in the forest, it’s getting to the point where I have to ask myself this: If Liz and Amb didn’t read this blog, would there be virtually any readers at all?

        None of those sub-genres sound bad to me . . . For the Sunday thing, sometime I’d like to find some old, even super obscure, country gospel stuff, but don’t know where to look. Other than that I’m as open to suggestion as my mind is blank. Meaning, pretty darn open.

      • Liz

        funny about the music snobs puffing up and exploding. Great visual.

        You can save your BoFN PR powers for amb as I’m not looking to be Dave’s gal because 1) I’m old enough to be his mom (but don’t mention that to him because I don’t want to be that old and am trying to pass myself off as an older sister) and 2) my husband doesn’t like me to chase other men. haha. I will continue to use your legal services, though, as I continue to build my deLiz empire and need contracts written up.

        And if it’s just me and amb showing up for your party today, we’ll still rock it. Good tunes, great food, awesome cocktails. Maybe amb can bring a movie or a movie star? Always appreciate the invite!

      • wdydfae

        What do you think of this below, amb? I love this kind of stuff, mainly for the warmth and human interest and poignancy (sp?) of it, but have not much knowledge beyond some old albums here and there. I like this version better than the Willie Nelson version (though I respect its iconic status).

        I also know a little stuff by Jerry Jeff Walker, and I’m a huge John Prine fan. (I just realized I gotta do some John Prine.) Does that count? Yesterday I got the Grateful Dead album American Beauty which is very country-ISH but I don’t know if it’s actually country. (Beautiful album–I’m going to be posting it bit by bit.) There some music by The Band that I like a lot, but I don’t even know if it’s considered country.

  3. amb

    Yes, Liz and I throw most excellent online parties, sometimes even because other people ask us to! Back to your country tunes – it’s a genre that’s so steeped in history and that shapes so many other artists that I say you can count whatever you want. I mean, Johnny Cash covered Nine Inch Nails! Jack White produced for Loretta Lynn! The overlap is everywhere and if you want to consider The Band country, then go for it πŸ™‚ I’m wondering if perhaps you might enjoy Kacey Musgraves – she has what might be called a “traditional” country sound, but if you listen to her lyrics – oh, man. Anything but.

    • wdydfae

      Sorry, amb, don’t know what was holding up your comment.

      That’s a sweet/bittersweet song! (Also bordeline Funny Names material re: the artist . . .) I think Country has the narrative/humanity/poetry corner of the music world nailed down pretty tight. I can think of non-Country artists that also do good poetry, but it’s hard to think of any genre that could compete.

      Keep ‘um coming. Why don’t you blog music at your joint more regularly? You’ve obviously got a knowledge base and expansive tastes.

      • amb

        No worries! I kind of like the air of exclusivity. Feels … exclusive.

        Isn’t it a bittersweet track? I was blown away when I first heard it. Kacey’s awfully wise for someone so young, it seems.

        Totally agree with you that country music is all about the narrative and the lovely, poetic turns of phrase. Speaking of which, here’s another favourite of mine:

        I should blog about music more regularly, you’re right! Every once in a while I’ll post something if the mood matches what I’m writing about, but it would be fun to do it more often. Thanks for the suggestion!

      • wdydfae

        Tuneful Tuesdays?

        That also is a nice one. I’m a little bit more into thicker instrumentation, and usually more bass and drums, but not always necessarily.

        Were you around here when I did Jackon Browne? I discovered (rediscovered) this song about half a year ago, but don’t know if it’s considered country or not:
        Very rarely do I hear that level of poetry in music.

      • wdydfae

        Wait, I tried Fade Into You with headphones. It’s a great instrumental arrangement! This new computer has cruddy speakers! You really have to put on the phones to hear any bass at all.

  4. amb

    Bass makes everything better πŸ˜‰ I don’t think I was around when you did Jackson Brown, but I’ll check it out for sure πŸ™‚

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