We had a special event last night with dinner with friends and the Messiah at Carnegie Hall - Musica Sacra. Life doesn't get better than that. Did not doze off once. Even the contralto was good. People listen so seriously though, like art music. It's a serious Easter piece, serious and joyful, but it's entertainment above all. I know the music well enough to conduct it, but Handel's other oratorios are just as winning.
To add to the jollity are the cheerful crowds in midtown. These people, opposite the Tree, are watching the stunning light show on the walls of Saks. Literally nobody had shopping bags - people just loving the vitality and fun. Secular or religious, it's not about shopping. Love this place for vitality, the country for serenity and manual labor.
'Twas a late night for us - but your Editor made it to the gym this morning before work. Like y'all did.