X is for exult

Kiri Te Kanawa sings Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate with the Royal Opera House Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Barlow, in Greenwich.

I grew up in the joyful German Christmas Eve tradition, thanks to my mother, who brought her beliefs and practices to the US. Whatever your religion and practice, peace, joy and love to you this evening and always.

The Book of Habakkuk, 3:18

New International Version (©1984)
yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

New Living Translation (©2007)
yet I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!

New American Standard Bible (©1995)
Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.

GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995)
even then, I will be happy with the LORD. I will truly find joy in God, who saves me.

King James Bible
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

American King James Version
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

American Standard Version
Yet I will rejoice in Jehovah, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

Bible in Basic English
Still, I will be glad in the Lord, my joy will be in the God of my salvation.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But I will rejoice in the Lord: and I will joy in God my Jesus.

Darby Bible Translation
Yet I will rejoice in Jehovah, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

English Revised Version
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

Webster’s Bible Translation
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

World English Bible
yet I will rejoice in Yahweh. I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!

Young’s Literal Translation
Yet I, in Jehovah I exult, I do joy in the God of my salvation.

Christmas quiz about what can go wrong at Christmas.

Conductors are managers

Helmut and I loved Itay Talgam‘s presentation of famous conductors and their styles, from the TED conference in Oxford. It’s actually not just a mirror of styles of management, it’s also a prism of culture, as control is organized in very different ways. So, which of the conductors appeals most to you: Carlos Kleiber, Ricardo Muti, Richard Strauss, Herbert v. Karajan, Carlos Kleiber (again), or Leonard Bernstein?

Florence Foster Jenkins

She kept us in stitches at college. You haven’t heard of Florence Foster Jenkins? She couldn’t sustain a note, and her sense of pitch and rhythm was off, but she was totally sincere about loving music and had loads of fans attending her recitals. Wikipedia writes: “After a taxicab crash in 1943 she found she could sing “a higher F than ever before.”” She performed in elaborate costumes with wings and things, and she gave everything she earned to charity. At 76, on 24 October 1944, she sang at Carnegie Hall. A month later it was curtains for Florence. Meet an old friend:

See the Guardian article of 2005, “Playing the Diva of Din“, which I’m taking to one of my classes:

“Word got out, and soon people were battering the doors down to get in. Some people did laugh at her, and she was aware of this, but she had a wonderful blinkered outlook on life, she was so ingenuous, it seems, that she just blocked out the sound of laughter. And the real aficionados would applaud loudly to try to mask it. Any notices she did get would say things like: “You will never again hear a voice like this at Carnegie Hall!” Everyone was in on the joke. But was Florence in on it too? Was her lover/ manager the English actor Sinclair Byfield? Was her accompanist, the deliciously named Cosme McMoon? A tape recording exists of him saying: “No one can do what Florence Foster Jenkins did because they all try to send her up. She was totally sincere. …
Her story is one of triumph over embarrassment.”

Susan Boyle Sings on Britain’s Got Talent

Britain’s got Talent! As for the opening act of the season, we were told as children: Don’t judge a book by its cover. The old “freakshow” is alive and well, and it’s still got morals for the masses.

The embedded video doesn’t run, so see it here.

What I’m doing with this
A group of adult students (conversation class) will watch this and take parts of articles (Daily Mirror, Daily Mail and Perez Hilton‘s blog) to extract words describing Susan Boyle’s abilities and attributes and put them into categories of their own making (looks, ability, intelligence, status … or nice/nasty… or ….). The group I’m thinking of doing it with is small, so it’ll be a card writing and sorting whole class activity. A “freakshow” story like this? We’ll be talking about what we classify as normal, subpar and extraordinary.

Rich woman

Sorry, honey, not sure I’ll ever be a rich woman. Alison Krauss & Robert Plant took five (count ’em) Grammies including record of the year. “Rich Woman” took top pop collaboration. Good old Americana, but top record? How conservative. Boring Coldplay won bigtime while hot Radiohead got nothing. That was to be expected.