ObsessoMom wrote:Dance-along Nutcrackers are not as popular as sing-along Messiahs, for some reason.
Those would be dangerous, I think. People running into each other vocally generally doesn't do as much damage.
ObsessoMom and ucim provided excellent information about the Messiah. The only thing I would add is that oratorios are usually written using sacred texts. But otherwise, yes, they are written like operas, with arias, choruses, and recitatives (recits--minimally accompanied sections that are almost more spoken then sung, and move the action along--"and then Joe went to the market, and bought tomatoes. But his debit card work-ed not, and the cashier scolded him, saying..."), but not staged like operas.
I love the singalong that I play for, because everybody sings everything--solos, choruses, and recits. (They don't sing the instrumental sections.) They have ringers that lead the sections, and you can sit near them if you need some help. It's the most egalitarian singalong Messiah. It's great, because I don't play on any of the solos or recits, so I get to sing those while waiting for the choruses to come along. And then there's a party afterwards. What's not to love?
ucim wrote:And why is it that "sheeple" refers to people who, like sheep, all go the same way, whereas "...like sheep [...] have turnéd every one to his own way"?
A Holy Contradiction!
King James had clearly not spent much time around sheep.
Glad you got your plate free!
If they're prodigals, should we be killing a fatted calf or something for them? If they're vegetarian, would we kill some fatted tofu?
Hugs to svenman. And Pfhorrest, I have a respirator I borrowed from my boyfriend that I can loan you.
I hope the air quality gets better soon, thought the fires are still burning. Damn.