squirelawrence: Spock being awesome (Spock awesome)
Someone stopped me on the street to ask directions, and I was able to tell him! Woot!

Of course, it helped that he was asking directions to the White House, and we were standing on the corner of 17th and Pennsylvania at the time. On the other hand, even though you're only 100 feet away from the White House at that point, you can't see it from that corner, so it TOTALLY still counts.

And I'm taking my victories where I can find them.
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Translated -  "Bringing light, like the Morningstar before the rising sun."  - Ave cuius conceptio, by Nicholas Ludford.

Adventures in culture!  Attended the British Choir Festival at the National Cathedral.  Lead honors to the Choir of New College, Oxford, along with the Choir of Saint Thomas Church, New York City and the Choir of the National Cathedral.  Lovely, lovely fun.  And a packed house, too, which is impressive in a house the size of National Cathedral. 

Not really up on sacred choral music anymore - been. . . ouch, nearly a quarter century since the Duke Chorale and the choir and chorus at Science and Math.  Even with my limited experience, though, this was a really amazing bunch of singers.  Each choir did a couple of numbers, with the three choirs combining for two numbers.  My favorite (and apparently the choirs', as they used it for the encore, was the Spem in alium numquam habui, by Thomas Tallis.  Like the Ligeti Lux Aeterna (which I got to do with the Chorale), it's a piece for 16 parts, massively complex, wonderful when done correctly.  Very different piece, in that Tallis doesn't appear to have been insane (which was my definite opinion of Ligeti, way back when), but the same sense of magic when all the parts finally meld together and the themes all join and resolve.  

The treble soloist for the Choir of New College on the Christus Vincit was scary, scary good.  High, pure voice just soaring through the Cathedral.  It was. . . amazing. 

All in all?  I love this town.  
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. . . no rioting in the streets, no Supreme Court stay at the last minute.  In fact, it was mildly difficult to find an online mention of the fact that today, the District of Columbia began taking applications for marriage licenses for same sex couples.  Apparently, there's a 72 waiting period to process the applications and issue the licenses, so the first ceremonies won't take place until next week, but the new law went into effect today, without fuss or (much) ceremony.  I find that. . . somewhat satisfying, actually. 

squirelawrence: Kirk being awesome and smug (Kirk smirk)
Just got back from the Billy Joel/Elton John show.  Which almost turned into the Billy Joel show with ritual sacrifice of roadies when Elton John's piano malfunctioned (sustain pedal got stuck, causing a minor furor).  After a minor comedy routine in which Billy said "Well, at least you know it's not taped!", offered to trade pianos, and took off his jacket and laid down on stage to try and fix the piano himself, Elton exited stage right, Billy's band came on and a hellaciously fun set commenced.  It was awesome!  Many, many old favorites.

After an hour or so of that (and I suspect the ritual sacrifice of at least one of the road crew), Elton's piano was fixed and he also played a great set.  I'm not as big an Elton John fan, compounded slightly by the fact that Sir Elton likes concert sets of songs, with really, really long intros, instrumental interludes, and extended endings.  I think there was one song (and now I can't remember which one) that was damn near 15 minutes long.  On the other hand, Crocodile Rock was the insane amount of fun it always is. 

Show ended as it was supposed to begin, with both Elton and Billy playing duet versions of both men's songs.  The duet versions of My Life and It's Still Rock and Roll to Me got the place jumping, and the duet of Candle in the Wind was pretty, but the final song - Piano Man, fittingly enough - had the entire stadium singing along.  That's a lotta people all singing at the same time. 

Awfully glad I made it to this one - most fun I've had in a long, long time. 


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