Beethoven is (probably) 242 years old today.
Oh, and this, kids, is how you do a flash mob.
Lex, I’m genuinely torn by this one. On the one hand, it brought a manly tear to my eyes. On the other, it’s basically an advert for a bank in a country whose economy has been more than usually wrecked by those institutions. So the implicit message that if you give us your money (the band start playing only after the girl has put money in the hat) your children’s future will be safe & full or life enhancing culture, is probably quite mendacious. Having said which, my favourite bit was the kid shinning up the lamp-post (I suspect an obviously directed addition, and altogether too reminiscent of Matthew 19.4 to be entirely comfortable . . .)
Comment by Nick — Tuesday, December 18, 2012 1:20 pm @ 1:20 pm
Well, damn, Nick. During a weekend of horror here I just wanted to post something that might make people feel a little better. An ad? Really?
I figured the kid shinnying up the lamppost was added in post-production, but I confess the connection to Matthew 19:14 never crossed my mind. (And after re-reading the entire chapter, I’m still OK with the kid.)
FWIW, Beethoven’s Ninth was Dad’s favorite classical work, as it is mine, and we sang a hymn based on “Ode to Joy” at his funeral, which is probably another reason I picked it.
(Also, I knew it wasn’t a real flashmob. But I would like to think someone will do one like it some day.)
Merry Christmas, my friend.
Comment by Lex — Tuesday, December 18, 2012 3:14 pm @ 3:14 pm
Oh dear. I feel like a crass, cynical European piling in with his size-10s, unthinkingly stupid about obvious sensitivities. My apologies. For what it’s worth it’s one of my favourite pieces too, and the first few times I watched this I wept.
Merry Christmas to you & your family too. Let’s hope for better things in 2013.
Comment by Nick — Thursday, December 20, 2012 3:16 pm @ 3:16 pm
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