Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Hallelujah Post

Okay, I love The Hallelujah Chorus and, since this is the season where you hear it all over the place, I decided to round up all the You Tube videos of unique renderings and put them all in one place for you to enjoy.

This may be my all-time favorite: The Silent Monks Hallelujah Chorus
by a group of high school students.

Here is a flash mob in a mall food court. Amazing voices.
And I just love the expression on people's faces.

A kazoo chorus:

A nice version by The Roches, a female acapella group I really like:

And what would a collection of videos of the Hallelujah Chorus be without bell ringers?

Or electronics:

Interpreted in fireworks: (This one, unfortunately, no longer works, sorry).

And the fountain at the Bellagio in Las Vegas:

And typographically (I like this one a lot):

And in Christmas decorations:

For fans of 300 and Lord of the Rings:

And last, a true San Francisco version of the song:


Queen of Cuisine said...

This is fabulous!! I am linking to this post on my blog- I am also so very fond of the Hallelujah Chorus. Mr. Kuhner would be so proud.


Anonymous said...

Diane, in case you don't know yet, Neil Gaiman published your letter on his blog today. You're famous!

Thank you so much for your insight and perspective. About a decade ago I spent a year researching grad programs, I applied to a few and was rejected, and I struggled with the idea of spending $20K-plus to study a subject that few people make a living at. Lately I've seen more and more comments and revelations like yours, and I know that I made the right decision (for me) by not continuing to apply to programs. I've worked with writers in my community since 2000, and even within our network there is a strong bias toward literary writing that had me distracted from the work I really am most drawn to writing. I am grateful for the experience that I gained writing literary fiction, and I don't expect to abandon it entirely, but this year I have found my way back to a much older form of storytelling and I am delighted to be working within this form that feels so right to me and my stories. Thank you for standing up for the student who is writing genre fiction. Thank you for directly advising the student. And thank you for your letter to Neil, I'm so glad he shared it for the rest of us to read.

That a professor is thinking of requesting students to sign a "ne genre contract" literally took my breath away. I wonder how the University, the department, would feel if she petitioned them to adopt such exclusionary measures during the application process?

Thanks again for your letter. Best wishes to you.