Just watched Bridge to Terabithia. Need to read the book and am feeling weepy. Before that, had a Bible study group meeting perched on a cliff overlooking a bay. Am now glorying in gratitude for the goodness of God. Only through Him is anything possible for me. Also had the weirdest dream in the morning. This all explains to me why the following article is a deep strike:
North Koreans Welcome Symphonic Diplomacy
By DANIEL J. WAKIN
Published: February 27, 2008
PYONGYANG, North Korea — As the New York Philharmonic played the opening notes of “Arirang,” a beloved Korean folk song, a murmur rippled through the audience. Many in the audience perched forward in their seats.
The piccolo played a long, plaintive melody. Cymbals crashed, harp runs flew up, the violins soared. And tears began forming in the eyes of the staid audience, row upon row of men in dark suits, women in colorful high-waisted dresses called hanbok and all of them wearing pins with the likeness of Kim Il-sung, the nation’s founder.
And right there, the Philharmonic had them. The full-throated performance of a piece deeply resonant for both North and South Koreans ended the historic concert in this isolated nation on Tuesday in triumph.
Thanks to the beauty of Youtube, here’s the performance of Arirang by the New York Philharmonic in Pyongyang: