Astonishingly, I’ve actually managed to stay up to date on my musical advent calendar! On the 9th, I found a Bach Oratorio written specifically for the second Sunday of Advent, and I found a Michael Wise verse anthem for the 10th. On the 11th, I went back to an old favourite from the Renaissance, and on the 12th I found a really beautiful German magnificat by Schütz – probably my favourite thing of the week, actually. On the 13th, I found a French carol about Joseph that I have totally ear wormed myself with, and on the 14th, I discovered that some benighted soul had set Jingle Bells to several of the tunes from the Nutcracker. And yesterday, we finished the week with some penitential Purcell.
And now I must dive back into my world of sugar syrup for another week – I look forward to catching up on everyone else’s blogs once I am no longer working two jobs and singing at everything that moves (10 performances between now and Christmas – secular, Anglican, Catholic and Methodist. I am nothing if not ecumenical…).
chris the cynic wrote:
I pointed out that curling up in a ball on the floor doesn’t work with glasses, because it doesn’t. I said that the President stood me up again but the real issue is, as it was the first time, the unwillingness to simply come out and say the perfectly good reason team Obama has for not doing what they said they’d do and instead leave everyone in the dark. (In this case it was that dealing with tragedies is more important than giving speeches, which if they’d just said that in the first place would have left a lot of people less confused and pissed off.)
And I continued my Ancient Greek myth genealogies, this time writing The line of Theia and Hyperion Part 1 (Helios).
The Fifteen Best Anime Openings/Endings of All Time: This started as a bit of filler because I hadn’t posted about anything other than ponies in so long, and ended up being 5,000 words spread between 15 mini-analyses, a couple of which I feel ended up as actually pretty solid work. Content warnings: Several of the videos contain violence; number 13 has blood. The video I listed for number 6 is (intentionally) very fuzzy and has bright flickering lights in it, which may cause discomfort if you’re sensitive to such things.
Does anypony have a toupee? (Swarm of the Century): Star Trek, My Little Pony, and the difference between canon and continuity. A fairly important article for the My Little Po-Mo project, because it sets the stage for the next article…
We’re doomed (Winter Wrap-Up): Part one of a four-part series on Jung, alchemy, and the next phase in the evolution of the show. In this part I discuss nigredo, the black night of the soul that burns away the old self, and how that relates both to the plot of the episode (which is about tearing down winter so that spring can begin) and the need of the show to confront its failure to be the show its premier promised.
Things You Can Do