Sunday Serendipity

Something a bit different for today. A marvelous work arranged for organ. Too good not to share.

Ennjoy the music but most of all enjoy your day!?

22 thoughts on “Sunday Serendipity”

  1. jace, thank you.   in re st. clo’s organ from Orgue – Clotilde-Paris :  

    The Great Organ Cavaillé-Coll

    The Great Organ of the Saint Clotilde Basilica is one of the masterpieces of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. It was inaugurated in 1859 by the organiste titulaire César Franck and its history was eventful. Various titulaires printed their marks on the instrument by extensions and restorations, resulting in an instrument that is both far away from the instrument of 1859 and in some ways still close. In fact this organ combines nowadays a romantic and a neo-symphonique character.

    As for the romantic instrument, this organ is the sixth instrument of the famous French builder Cavaillé-Coll. It was built after those of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette (1837), Saint-Denis (1841), Saint-Jean-Saint-François (1846), Madeleine (1846) and Saint-Vincent-de-Paul (1852). Some changes that had alter its romantic character have been largely erased by the lastest restoration (2005). This offers the interpreter the possibility of a trip in time, close to the instrument of César Franck.

    About the neo-symphonique organ, this is the result of four periods of construction (1859/1863-1933-1962-2005), in which the organ was enlarged from 46 to 71 stops and was equipped with the new technical opportunities available at these different times. Thus it successively was electrified, digitalized, equipped with a crescendo and finally a mobile console was added that allows the organist to be seen by the public and to play with choirs and orchestras

    [describes restorations over the years]

    These successive layers have made this organ one of the most fascinating organs ever. It is true that the listener remains never insensitive to this organ with its two faces and so much different aspects.

  2. clotilde also was the name of an infamous ship which PBS newshour told us about yesterday in their  “The hunt is on for the last slave ship to arrive in the U.S.”

    Archaeologists are analyzing data from a survey of Alabama’s Mobile River, looking for the Clotilda, the last known slave ship to arrive in America. The ship’s survivors were enslaved for a few years before forming a unique community, Africatown. Clotilda descendants say its discovery would highlight their ancestors’ story of strength and survival. NewsHour Weekend’s Megan Thompson reports.

    [read transcript and see video]

  3. A group of prisoners (Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, Pete Davidson, Chris Redd, Michael Keaton, Kyle Mooney) discuss why they got arrested.

  4. Jace…  spectacular!  I’m in awe of that man keeping track of all those pedals.  On a loom, they are called treadles…   I have only 4…  can’t imagine knowing which to step on with all of those on that organ.

    Sturg… I like your hat…

  5. a daft dialogue in dumbville the other day reported by wapo:

    Former secretary of state John F. Kerry responded in disbelief when a Republican congressman challenged his credentials on climate change, prompting the veteran politician to ask, “This is really happening here?”

    Kerry, who helped broker the 2015 Paris climate accord that President Trump pulled out of, returned to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to serve as a witness for a House Oversight Committee hearing on the need for leadership to combat climate change.


    Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), who has two engineering degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, began his line of questioning attempting to undermine Kerry’s authority on the issue by asking him about his “science degree” from Yale.


    Kerry explained it was actually a bachelor of arts in political science.


    “How do you get a bachelor of arts in a science?” Massie asked.


    “Well, it’s liberal arts education . . .” Kerry replied.


    “So, it’s not really science,” Massie said. “I think it’s somewhat appropriate that someone with a pseudoscience degree is here pushing pseudoscience in front of our committee today.”


    “Are you serious?” Kerry said. “Is this really serious? This is really happening here?”

    It went on like this for several more minutes, with Massie continuing to conflate natural sciences with social sciences.


    Kerry, who served in the Senate for 28 years and was the Democrats’ presidential nominee in 2004, sat through four hours of Republicans trying to poke holes in scientific evidence that climate change is real.


    Massie, during his bizarre back and forth with Kerry, asked why carbon dioxide was higher on Earth millions of years ago than it is today, to which Kerry responded, “But there weren’t human beings; that was a different world, folks.”

    “Did geology stop when we got on the planet?” Massie asked.


    An exasperated Kerry replied, “This is just not a serious conversation.”


    Other Republicans used the platform to attack the Green New Deal, a sweeping set of policy goals championed by the left to deal with climate change and economic inequality.


    When Kerry was asked how the country would pay for such a plan, most commonly associated with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Kerry took a shot.


    “Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez has in fact offered more leadership in one day or one week than President Trump has in his lifetime on this subject,” Kerry said. “And my question is, where is your proposal? Did you have any hearings on it in the last few years? Mostly on Benghazi, if I recall.”

  6. by george, he’s on to something – again

    the hill:

    George Conway on Sunday warned that there is a “critical distinction” between finding evidence President Trump or his campaign colluded with Russia and concluding a crime was committed, suggesting evidence of collusion may exist.

    Conway, an attorney and the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, said special counsel Robert Mueller would have reported that he found no evidence of collusion if that was the case and Attorney General William Barr would have repeated that language in his summary to Congress.

    “But Mueller didn’t, and Barr didn’t,” George Conway, who is publicly critical of Trump tweeted.

    Barr in late March released to Congress a summary of Mueller’s findings, the result of a nearly two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Moscow.

    Mueller “did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” according to a quote from Mueller’s full report included in Barr’s summary.

    Barr in his summary wrote in his own words that Mueller “did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”

    Recent reports have raised questions about whether Barr’s summary of Mueller’s report was completely accurate. Democrats have demanded the release of the full report as well as its underlying evidence, in an effort to assess the conclusion Barr reported.

    “He’s being as forthcoming as he can, and so this notion that he’s trying to mislead people, I think, is just completely bizarre,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said last week, defending Barr’s summary.

    Barr said last week that he is on track to release a redacted version of the nearly 400-page report to Congress by mid-April.


  7. I concur with Renee’s 1016. How can organ playing be ‘fun’ when the physical/mental demands are so overwhelming? This one is more my speed:


  8. The Kerry and Stupid war of words was ridiculous  MIT should take back Marooon Massey’s degree
    I hope his voters are embarrassed    

  9. kgc,  he must have been who sarah meant this morning in her:

     “Frankly, Chris, I don’t think Congress — particularly not this group of congressmen and women — are smart enough to look through the thousands of pages that I would assume that President Trump’s taxes will be,” Sanders said. “My guess is most of them don’t do their own taxes, and I certainly don’t trust them to look through the decades of success that the president has and determine anything.”

  10. ahh yes,  springtime in floriduh.   from tampabaytimes:

    Three naked women were spotted at a Pasco rest stop. Then came the high-speed pursuit.


    The women said they were “air drying” at the rest stop. The Florida Highway Patrol said the women then turned dangerous.


    DADE CITY — The story starts, as many tend to do in Pasco County, with nudity.
    Three naked women were spotted Wednesday afternoon at the northbound Interstate 75 rest stop area in Wesley Chapel, just south of State Road 54.
    What unfolded next, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, was not just another bizarre tale of the Sunshine State. The women led troopers on an hour-long chase across east Pasco, drove the wrong way, tried to drive over a trooper and threatened another with a pink and purple metal baseball bat, according to the Highway Patrol.
    Though Pasco has been dubbed the nudist capital of the world, the arrest reports do not indicate the women are linked to its many nudist or clothing-optional communities.

  11. I was just reading last night about the last slave ship to land human cargo in America. It was at Jekyll Island. However, that must have been the last LEGAL shipment of humans. 

  12. The University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs shut out Massachusetts yesterday to win its second consecutive NCAA hockey championship. Cale Makar of the UMass Minutemen won the Hobey Baker Award for the best defenseman in the NCAA. 

  13. x-r, someone else won today too

    cbs news reports: 

    Tiger Woods won the Masters at a rainy Augusta National on Sunday, completing what was arguably the greatest career comeback in the history of golf nearly 10 years after injuries and scandal derailed his game. 



    The golf legend walked up the 18th hole to the sound of roaring cheers to capture victory, a throwback to earlier years when he consistently dominated the most prestigious tournament in the sport. Woods shot a final round score of 70 to finish 13-under par. Sunday’s victory was his fifth green jacket since 1997 and his first since 2005. 

    “When I tapped the [final] putt in, I don’t know what I did, but I know I screamed,” Woods, 43, said in Butler Cabin after the round. “To have my kids there, it’s come full circle. My dad was here in ’97, and now I’m the dad with two kids there.”

    Woods made history 22 years ago when he won his first Masters at age 21, the youngest champion ever. But until Sunday, he hadn’t won a major in more than 10 years, having last captured the U.S. Open in 2008. Woods’ 11-year drought between majors was tied for the longest drought ever.


  14. Lost weekend.   A day of pumping out the crawl space followed by some testing and at least getting the sump pump working (right now water is seeping in at roughly one inch per two minutes).  Part of today was testing and most of it shopping for the vertical lift pump switch.  Now gathering the strength to go back down into the dark, damp crawl space to install the replacement sump pump switch. 
    At least there is no need to even try to watch or listen to political discussion.

  15. So f—king annoying.   We  wanted to buy some pot seeds something specific -banana puddintaine
    Because of the odd federal banking restricitons, it was like being in a Peter Sellers movie, with the vendors being Peter Sellers.  Nothing they asked you to do would prevent any kind of fraud.  It’s time consuming and goofy

  16. KGC, I’m so darned sorry about your inability to buy your pot seeds. I had no trouble at all buying my tomatoes just ready to transplant–and they took American Express. They’re outside on the back porch, replanted, waiting for rain to materialize.

  17. Gee you don’t sound sorry Don’t worry the seeds are on the way
    It’s just another time wasting stupid federal policy that I’m complaining about.

    Some folks are kind of judgy based on ignorance and their own uneducated preferences

  18. KGC – rough getting your garden going.  Dems keep introducing legislation to break the log jam on the whole mess, banking being a primary start.
    The new vertical lift pump switch is in.  Sitting around drinking a brew waiting for it to work in real life.  It worked fine in test.  Now it is waiting for everything to do what it is supposed to do.

  19. I wonder what sort of marijuana/cannabis I should try for my neuropathic pain. I don’t like smoke, but I could make brownies, bread, or puree. 

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