We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
For graduation season.This famous medieval university song is an example of Goliardic Verse,of which Carmina Burana is the best known example. Good lyrics.
Let us live, then, and be glad, While young life's before us! After youthful pastime had, After old age hard and sad, Earth will slumber o'er us.
Life is brief, and brevity Briefly shall be ended: Death comes like a whirlwind strong, Bears us with his blast along; None shall be defended.
Live this university, men that learning nourish; Live each member of the same, Long live all that bear its name; Let them ever flourish!
Live the commonwealth also, And the men that guide it! Live our town in strength and health, Founders, patrons, by whose wealth we are here provided.
German is pretty close to English, isn't it? Maybe it's because I know a bit of college German. This is fun, with Gaudeamus Igitur eventually, after the drinking song -additional verse below the fold. Let's drink:
Where are they who in this world, Ere we kept, were keeping? Go ye to the gods above; Go to hell: inquire thereof: They are not; they're sleeping.
Live all girls! A health to you Melting maids and beauteous! Live the wives and women too, Gentle, loving, tender, true, Good, industrious, duteous!
Perish cares that pule and pine! Perish envious blamers! Die the Devil, thine and mine! Die the starch-necked Philisitine! Scoffers and defamers!
People like him or they don't. Mostly those who don't haven't quite got the concept - he's there to bring music to the masses. He knows what works, he's a showman and he's brought together a great orchestra and vocal group.
Love Andre Rieu: Claritas you may have been too heavily brainwashed against "the upper crust" when you were a child.
My favorite piece Andre Rieu did w when he stepped on to the soccer field just before game started. He stpped onto the field in his tuxedo with fiddle and started to play "Last Rose of Summer".
This was in Europe mind you and the stands were filled with English, German, French, football loving soccer fans. On the first note the entire audience breaks into song and seems to know the words! Maybe buddy can find that one on You Tube--it's great.
Now I have a question: next time I am in Germany will I bel able to order a Double Hopped IPA, or do they just do Pilsner?
Has there ever been a better example of wretched excess in music? Maybe it's the front row of pretty violinists in varicolored evening dresses with which Rieu always stocks his ensembles? Or maybe it's just his hairdo -