Sunday, May 03, 2009

Sunday Music Menu

The Sunday School lesson for today had to do with how you spent the Sabbath. I’d suggested, via a quote from Douglas Callister, that we should be listening to the best music, reading from the classic works or otherwise preparing our minds and spirits for that heavenly home which we one day will return to.

“If we could peek behind the heavenly veil we would likely be inspired by the music of heaven, perhaps more glorious than any music we have heard on this earth.

When some music has passed the tests of time and been cherished by the noble and refined, our failure to appreciate it is not an indictment of grand music. The omission is within. If a young person grows up on a steady diet of hamburgers and french fries, he is not likely to become a gourmet. But the fault is not with fine food. He just grew up on something less. Some have grown up on a steady diet of musical french fries.”

Bonnie was with us for diner this evening and one of her friends had given her a copy of La Bohème on DVD to enjoy as a birthday present. We spent some time listening to our “favorite cuts”, not wishing to sound like a rock album; but there are some awesome scenes which many non-opera folks will recognize and immediately acknowledge as some of the best ever recorded.

Lucy and I ordered a copy of the La Bohème on DVD to send to my mom for Mother’s Day, not the same exact version as Bonnie’s; but has Luciano Pavarotti as Rodolfo, so it will be a struggle to get past. Here’s a sample from a performance given in San Francisco back in 1990. Would you pass the ketchup, please?

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