[‘Tis the season for Messiah, falalalalalalalala.
Okay, so the Offshot Savior/Leader Narrative is possibly what got us into this mess in the first place, but Sara Mingardo envisioning fire in streaming warmth that never veers into ideological barking is a sound to behold and politically responsible. – The clip with thanks to lalagonegaga]
Faced with a Cabinet of Horrors arranged around the core question of “who is the most inept by conviction for this department?”, this is your weekly reminder that, no, some things are not normal and should never be normalized.
On a much larger scale of directly life-threatening horrors that are being glossed over is the continued genocide in Aleppo. And this week, again, some big players will shirk responsibility, and I will not do enough, either, but I will get to do my Christmas shopping, which this year boils down to ‘everyone on my list gets a donation given in their name’.
This is not really a non-sequitur. Tonight, I’ll get to hear Pergolesi’s “Adriano in Siria” at TADW, which includes finally hearing Romina Basso live! *fangirl mode on* It also includes Franco Fagioli (whom I heard in spring in “Lucio Silla” at the same house) and Yuriy Mynenko.
But it is a spooky sensation to go to the opera tonight, safe and sound, for a plot on love and politics in Syria, featuring prisoners in a besieged city. It feels frivolous, and it feels like stepping on someone’s grave, although people are still alive and will, hopefully, against all odds, stay alive.
Today is one of these days where I feel helpless and guilty. And where I find the Savior Descending From Above To Melt All Guns And Instead Have Food and Medicine Raining Down Narrative very, very compelling (not just in Syria, but in far too many places around the globe). And, since I am in no way above pettiness, where I also nod at Refiner’s Fire.
And on that note, it is viscerally satisfyling to listen to Delphine Galou threaten fire and brimstone in this take of “But Who may Abide”. And to then head out and reach out and try to do some good to rack up a bit of Holiday Spirit.
[clip with thanks to Classical Explorer]