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.