Good Day, God!
WOW! I just finished watching the Youtube video of the Lydian Chorus with steel drums, doing Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. And I am going to play it again while I write. I’m pretty sure Handel himself is singing along.
I am used to the Messiah being performed by singers in black and white — so the COLORS were a delight! The dancers wore white dresses but such amazing dresses! The dresses swung and swirled and flew — I loved them. The whole presentation was such an example of cross-cultural pollination!
Sigh. I guess parts of our culture got stuck somewhere back in Victorian England. But if watching this performance doesn’t unstick folks — what will?
Hmm. Speaking of stuck . . . that reminds me of how easy it is to get stuck in our own culture — or our own denomination or faith or political party. One of the great gifts of living in Hawaii is that all of us are Between Cultures. There is a sense of being part of a “culture” constantly being assembled and reassembled depending on the constraints and opportunities of the moment.
Our Hawaiian Hula has faced a variety of fascinating cross pollinations and constraints — including attempts to outlaw it. But, let me go back to Stuck. I am right now extricating myself from Christmas BUSY-NESS to finish this blog on joy. This is only for a few minutes, then I shall go back to the daily and seasonal efforts and interactions.
Aaah, but how important to realize (does one learn or discover this?) that one CAN step out of the crush. Step out — momentarily — of dearly beloved relationships and rejoice. Rejoice in music, in dance, and in COLOR. You have given us a Beautiful World — filled with Beautiful People. Thank You!