Sunday, November 8, 2020

TE DEUM LAUDAMUS

Okay, the reference is a little obscure, but bear with me. It's how I roll.

The Latin Catholic mass (my background) has a section referred to as the Te Deum, or, more completely, Te Deum Laudamus: we praise you, God. Not that I'm at all religious but I'm filled with such feelings of gratitude and joy today that it almost rises to such a level. 

I was thinking all afternoon of the finale of Act 1 of Puccini's Tosca. (Sure, melodrama, potboiler, but of unsurpassed beauty.) The bad guy, Baron Scarpia, had the most intense lust for the heroine, Tosca, while wanting the life of her S.O. and his political opponent, Cavaradossi. Scarpia is Trump. Scarpia craves sex and power. Trump craves adulation and power. In the opera, the congregation rings out with the Te Deum while Scarpia bellows that Tosca makes him forget God. Make your own comparison. https://youtu.be/0euYKIMfV4I            

7 comments:

Stefan Jansson said...

I am very happy that you will have a new President soon Bob. I am speaking for the rest of the world btw.

s.c said...

I agree with Stefan. Lucky still common sense in your country. Only the way out is still an ongoing act.

Bob Crowe said...

I’m so relieved. But has Europe been getting news about the pro-Trump demonstrations witless people screaming that the whole thing is a fraud (zero evidence) and demanding are-do of the election? We need a new set of hats that say Make America Sane Again.

Denton said...

Hallelujah

Peter van den Besselaar said...

Congratulations! Fine picture ;-)

Sharon said...

Now if he would just put a sock in it.

Linda said...

Great picture! It was fun to see the videos of people dancing in the streets with joy!