Tuesday, November 30, 2010


And He shall reign for ever and ever

It was an ordinary day at Macy's, with people shopping and eating and talking and browsing. This particular Macy's has a pipe organ installed in it, the world's largest called the Wanamaker Organ that is occasionally played. Someone started playing the organ; the opening notes to Handel's Hallelujah Chorus from "The Messiah." Then without warning, people began singing the chorus from all over the store, on all three floors.

What happened is that the Opera Company of Philadelphia along with members of local choirs set up fake shoppers throughout the store at strategic locations and they all burst into song together as a "random act of culture," the first of a thousand planned for the next three years.

The shoppers were stunned by the event, and they all stopped and listened, but everyone seemed amazed and pleased. And at the end, the Christmas Tree was lit up with lights.

This is the kind of thing we need more of in this world, I think.

King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Hallelujah.

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