Daily Archives: June 23, 2012

“Ode to Joy” / “Sing”

Music, sweet music! 

I love this “music flashmob” from Banc Sabadell.  I especially love the expression of wonder on the face of the gentleman at 04:10 into the video.  Like the person who sent me this link through email commented, “Music be the food of community.” Indeed!  Watch it and enjoy.  Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 is considered one of the all time greatest in classical music.  It is also the first symphony that was set to lyrics.  Here are some of the original  lyrics: (translated into English of course from the original German) 

“Let us sing more cheerful songs, more full of joy!”

Join in our song of praise;
But any who cannot must creep tearfully
Away from our circle.”

“Even the worm can feel contentment,
And the cherub stands before God!”

“Gladly, like the heavenly bodies
Which He set on their courses
Through the splendor of the firmament;
Thus, brothers, you should run your race,
As a hero going to conquest.

“You millions, I embrace you.
This kiss is for all the world!”

Brothers, above the starry canopy
There must dwell a loving Father.”

“Do you fall in worship, you millions?
World, do you know your creator?”

“Seek him in the heavens;
Above the stars must He dwell.”

Here’s another great called “Sing” from Gary Barlow and the Commonwealth Band featuring Military Wives:

Some of the lyrics:  “Some words they can’t be spoken only sung
So hear a thousand voices shouting love.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

This week’s prompt and instructions from the folks at WordPress: “CreateThe best part about creating something is being in the moment, relishing the creativity you’re experiencing, and letting your actions guide you to an end goal. Then you can step back and admire your work!Have you snapped a picture of something you’ve created, or something someone else has created?  Share a picture that means CREATE to you!

Here’s my son, Gershom, helping Mommy create a fantastic batch of pancakes/hotcakes.  Our son loves mixing stuff and I’m convinced he’s going to be a great chef like my father was.

While assistance from Mommy was obviously needed for the pancakes, Gershom certainly needs no help at all when he’s creating a mess!

I appreciate when companies create fantastic toys for my son to play with like this “Marble Race & Domino Chase” toy pictured here from Toys ‘R Us. (We’re there so often that my wife thinks I should buy some company shares, haha!)  My son loves it! (Almost as much as his Daddy does, haha!) I love seeing my son exciting about such things and watching his imagination sparked.

It’s funny that WordPress chose “Create” as this week’s challenge because hours before they posted the prompt I was in a goofy/”creative” mood and put together this video with the help of the folks at JibJab.com:

Feel free to take part in the challenge and submit your own photo(s) at WordPress Daily Post and HAVE FUN!  😉  If you don’t have a blog, why not create one. Just click here to go to the wordpress homepage and follow the easy instructions.  It’s fun and easy.  If I can start one up, anyone can.  I can’t think of a better time to start a blog than when the weekly photo challenge happens to be “create“!