Monday, December 24, 2001

"A Time To Every Purpose: is at 3000 words and going strong. Won't be ready today. I'll try for a final rewrite over the weekend.

Furnace gave uyp the ghost. Have to order parts. Won't be fixed till Friday. Many clothes and my fingers are freezing. A real bummer, but it's hard to get too far down on Christmas Eve with Handel's "Messiah" on the stereo at full blast (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Chorus with Robert Shaw conducting, 1984).

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Glorious! You can feel the love and passion that Handel had for his subject. "Glory to God!", is what he said. "Thank you God for caring about me!" Whether you agree with the words or not, the music is a pure, divine glory, and anybody that can sit still during the Last Judgement in Part Three has serious problems. Man Alive! Music like this makes me glad I'm alive to hear it.

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