Cleaning off the office desk and doing small make-everything-stay-calm-until-next week tasks this morning, and listening to a superlative version of Handel's Messiah on my iPad speaker set. It's the McCreesh version, justifiably highly recommended by the Penguin Guide.
(Is there anything better than having some iTunes gift cards and paging through the Penguin Guide, choosing the optimal versions of stuff you want to add to your collection, appropriate beverage in hand? Perhaps. Or perhaps not.)
But challenges remain in listening in the presence of people who are not well versed in oratorios. Just as it is prudent, for maintaining good reputation, to ensure that passers-by hear the entire verse beginning in "All We Like Sheep," it is also sometimes necessary to explain to confused listeners that He gave His Back to the smiters, not to spiders. Nor, for that matter, did He give His back to the spiters, though I think technically the smiters were also spiters, and probably also spitters.
Best wishes to all. See you next week.
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