night owl chat – ode to joy

Probably the greatest musical expression of unbridled joy is the “Ode to Joy”, the fourth movement of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. It’s been a hell of a couple of weeks, so some versions of the Ode to take you soaring and lift your spirits.

Flash Mob “Ode to Joy”

“Ode to Joy” scene from “Immortal Beloved”

“Ode to Joy” from the Opening Ceremony of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics

And the most iconic performance of the “Ode to Joy”: Lenny Bernstein in commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall, renamed “Ode to Freedom”

Live life with joy. That’s what our opponents lack.

This is your night owl open thread.

113 Responses to “night owl chat – ode to joy”

  1. 1 desertflower
    May 14, 2013 at 10:25 pm


  2. 4 Betsy
    May 14, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    I LOVE this, thanks!

    • 5 desertflower
      May 14, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      Congrats, Betsy:) same times!

      • 6 Betsy
        May 14, 2013 at 10:27 pm

        lOL. congrats on first df. How’s life in AZ. my daughter says its boiling hot in Tucson.

        • 7 desertflower
          May 14, 2013 at 10:28 pm

          was 102 today:) Springtime!

          • 8 Betsy
            May 14, 2013 at 10:29 pm

            Some Spring eh?

            • 9 desertflower
              May 14, 2013 at 10:31 pm

              Typical spring…pretty soon, 102 will be considered a “cooling trend” and we’ll be BEGGING to see 102! July, August, Sept….are brutal. Feels like the low setting on the oven.no joke.

          • 10 forus50
            May 14, 2013 at 10:39 pm

            I read that it was 97 degrees in Minneapolis today! Scary.

            This Deputy AG letter to the President of AP covers all the basis of what/why/when for their little temper tantrum about their subpoena. The big story is yet to come; who leaked that classifed intel to the AP?

            Click to access LettertoGPruitt05142013.pdf

            • 11 anniebella
              May 14, 2013 at 10:58 pm

              No one like Rachel Maddow ask the question what if the person helping the U,S . were discover, and the terrorists plot had went on and succeeded, who would be blame? Who would these tv pundits and journalists blame for hundreds of Americans being kill. Of the night shows on MSNBC, the only one who talk like they have some sense is Lawrence O’Donnell.

  3. 12 desertflower
    May 14, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Bringing over…because I can!

  4. 13 Dudette
    May 14, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Ode to Joy and Beethoven’s 7th! GOLDEN!!!

    Love that scene from the movie! Gary Oldham [another movie bad boy who gives me feeevah!]

  5. 22 desertflower
    May 14, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    LL…opps 😦 here you have posted all this nice classical music…..and I had “Shame” on the brain….

  6. 23 vitaminlover
    May 14, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    I do love being joyful.

  7. 24 amk for obama
    May 14, 2013 at 10:33 pm

  8. 25 Dudette
    May 14, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Love how they wove this into the last scene in The King’s Speech…. and his triumphant strut down the hall at the end. Chills!

    • 26 carolyn
      May 14, 2013 at 11:15 pm

      LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this movie. And truly loved his triumphant speech and his triumphant walk afterwards. Speaking of favorite movies, this is one of my favorite ones. I thought Colin Firth was fantastic in this movie, but, then I thought the other actors were superb too.

  9. May 14, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Could some smart TODer with a great memory point me to a summary of everything PBO has done for the environment? I know Time magazine had a piece way back about all the green energy stuff embedded in the stimulus. We’re having an OFA planning meeting on climate change tomorrow, and CREDO sent out an email trying to hijack it into a Keystone Pipeline freak-out. I need to calmly present the facts about what a green President we have.

  10. 31 amk for obama
    May 14, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    A German federal court tells Google to make sure the auto-complete results its search engine suggests are not offensive or defamatory.


  11. 32 desertflower
    May 14, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Off to bring some pants back to the store…have no idea what I was thinking. I could cut the crotch out of these “skinny pants” and I don’t think they would fit. I think I accidently picked up a size ” 0 ” or something….people really wear those, did you know that???

  12. 45 Dudette
    May 14, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    More shame, cuz there really is enough to go around! 😀

  13. 46 Dudette
    May 14, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Club Nouveau ~ Jealousy
    We need a couple million people to blast this out their home & car windows right now!!!

  14. 50 Don
    May 14, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Goodnight TOD.

  15. May 14, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    I have to tell you folks, if there’s one piece of music which will always make me cry, it’s “Ode to Joy”. Tearing up right now after watching the flash mob again.

    • May 14, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      Yep. And, can’t tell you how many people I’ve sent that particular flash mob video to, LL. Lots!! Thanks.

    • 54 Gazelle62
      May 14, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      Sweet! Do you know the Notre Dame De Paris opera. Maybe one of these you could post popular violin music….

      • May 14, 2013 at 10:52 pm

        I do not know it! Who is it by?

      • 56 Gazelle62
        May 14, 2013 at 10:58 pm

        Notre-Dame de Paris

        Notre Dame de Paris – English version.jpg
        Notre dame de Paris english version (CD-cover)

        Richard Cocciante

        Luc Plamondon
        in France
        Will Jennings
        in United Kingdom

        Luc Plamondon

        Victor Hugo’s novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

        1998 in France
        1999 in USA
        1999 in Canada
        2000 in United Kingdom
        2001 in France
        2001 in Spain
        2001 in Italy
        2002 in Russia
        2008 in South Korea
        2010 in Belgium

        Guinness World Records

        Notre-Dame de Paris is a sung-through French-Canadian musical which debuted on 16 September 1998 in Paris. It is based upon the novel Notre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame) by the French novelist Victor Hugo. The music was composed by Riccardo Cocciante (also known as Richard Cocciante) and the lyrics are by Luc Plamondon.

        Since its debut, it has been played in Canada, France, Belgium, Russia, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Japan, China, South Korea, Haiti and Taiwan. A shorter version in English was performed in 2000 in Las Vegas, Nevada (USA) and a full-length London production, also in English, ran for seventeen months. Popular songs from the show, such as Belle and Le temps des cathédrales have also been translated into Belarusian, Catalan, Czech, German, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, Dutch and English.

        Notre-Dame de Paris, according to the Guinness Book of Records, had the most successful first year of any musical ever. The score has been recorded at least seven times to date (2007): the original French concept album, which featured Israeli singer Achinoam Nini (aka Noa) as Esmeralda was followed by a live, complete recording of the original Paris cast. A complete recording of the score in Italian was made, along with a single disc of highlights in Spanish from the Barcelona production. The original London cast album featured several of the original Paris stars, but only preserved a fraction of the score in English. The orchestral group I Fiamminghi recorded a CD of melodies from the score. A complete set of instrumental backing tracks has also been released.

    • 57 Virginia
      May 14, 2013 at 11:38 pm

      My first time seeing the video. Thanks. I love “Ode to Joy”, it was a treat seeing it like this.

  16. 58 jacquelineoboomer
    May 14, 2013 at 10:46 pm

  17. May 14, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Wonder how many news org’s will change their coverage from “IRS targeted only conservative groups”…..?

  18. May 14, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Ah crikey LL, the Ode to Joy flash mob is a thing of complete beauty!!! Thank you!

  19. 63 Dudette
    May 14, 2013 at 10:53 pm

  20. 66 Dudette
    May 14, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Now that I think about it, these folks in Club Nouveau must’ve had a lot of drama going on 🙂

  21. 67 MightyPamela
    May 14, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    G’nite m’dears! What a day. Keep the candles burning, the best is yet to come! And remember what we all know, but others may forget: NEVER underestimate Barack Obama! 🙂 http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO Sweet dreams y’all!

  22. 69 Dudette
    May 14, 2013 at 11:00 pm

  23. 70 Dudette
    May 14, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    • 71 Dudette
      May 14, 2013 at 11:03 pm

      My Dad came up playing with Arthur Ashe on those segregated courts in Richmond. Arthur kept playing tennis. Dad enlisted in the Marines.

      • 72 nathkatun7
        May 15, 2013 at 2:06 am

        You know Dudette, this is the history, of African achievements against incredible odds, that most Americans are not familiar with. At the top of that list are all black men and women who volunteered to serve in the military to defend this country, going as far back as the American Revolutionary War. Sadly, their patriotism and their valor never protected them racial attacks and denigration. Yet, they held their heads high and served with distinction for a country that dishonored them on a daily basis.

  24. 73 jacquelineoboomer
    May 14, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    LOVED the flash mob, LL!

  25. May 14, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Thanks for the post LL, don’t know if you have seen this one……but reminded me of “Here comes the sun” in Spanish unemployment office

  26. 78 Bill R.
    May 14, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    • 79 nathkatun7
      May 15, 2013 at 2:09 am

      Bravo Bill R for this spot-on tweet! I actually thought, may be I was wrong, that Dan Rather was fired by CBS.

  27. May 14, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    All right, fine people, I’m going to go snuggle up in bed and read. Thanks for being you.

  28. 83 amk for obama
    May 14, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Daughter ranked 10th in an All India Post Graduate Medical entrance exam for a pricey private medical university. Says she is not joining since it’s so pricey. Sez, ‘daddy, you’re not made of money’…. Bummer.

    Today, results of 100x cheaper govt. medical college entrance exam coming out. Gonna twist my fingers and toes into eight all day.

    So don’t blame me if I fly off the handle.

    • 84 99ts
      May 14, 2013 at 11:25 pm

      Do hope it goes well for her amk – lots of everything crossed.

    • 85 hopefruit2
      May 14, 2013 at 11:27 pm

      Fingers crossed! And she did very well on the private medical entrance exam – congrats!! 🙂

    • 86 nathkatun7
      May 15, 2013 at 2:23 am

      Wow, Amk! 10th in a country with over a billion people is, as our VP would say, ” A Big F**kin Deal.” Congratulations to you and the misses for raising such a smart kids. I know the ladies here, who are always giving you the business, think that daughter inherited all her smarts from Mrs. Amk! But I know better! Any way, it’s obvious that you and the Mrs. did a wonderful job raising incredibly smart children. Now if you can figure out to get rid of some of your idiot politicians, I think your children will have immense opportunity to contribute to the advancement of India.

      • 87 amk for obama
        May 15, 2013 at 2:27 am

        Thanks nath. To be true, she was 10th in a field of over 10,000 students, who appeared for the exam.

        Yes, we are very, very, very proud of her, whoever she got the genes from. 🙂

        • 88 nathkatun7
          May 15, 2013 at 3:19 am

          OK, my be I exaggerated a little, but # 10 in the field of 10,000 is still quite awesome to me! Wishing you and your daughter all the best. I only have one daughter and she is the most special person in my life.

    • 89 theo67
      May 15, 2013 at 2:42 am

      Congratulations for your daughter ranking 10th, despite opting not to go forward with private school. She has a good heart. Good luck with the other entrance exams!

    • 92 MightyPamela
      May 15, 2013 at 10:19 am

      Oh brilliant Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Amk: your exceptional record and demonstration of your abilities will be noted and recognized. You will bring great and welcome relief to the people of your country and the world. Very, very well done, indeed! Congratulations to you and your proud parents!

  29. 94 99ts
    May 14, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    On a completely unrelated topic – during the fixing of the roof today – the apprentice managed to trip & his butt fell through the patio ceiling! Fortunately he wasn’t hurt – but is he being picked on. His boss assures me it is like the “get back on the horse after a fall” – but I think they were mean.

    They have, however – with minimal fuss – replaced the panel and painted the ceiling (with the lad do much of the repair) – I’m impressed.

    • 95 theo67
      May 15, 2013 at 2:45 am

      Goodness! His butts going to hurt tomorrow.

      • 96 99ts
        May 15, 2013 at 2:48 am

        I gather it was a little sore today – but very thankful no damage outside of some bruises. They kept apologizing – when I was just very thankful no-one was hurt.

  30. 98 hopefruit2
    May 14, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    • 99 jacquelineoboomer
      May 14, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    • 100 anniebella
      May 15, 2013 at 4:41 am

      hopefruit2 is there any reason why we should care what Jon Stewart or Roger Simon think? As I have said before, I’ve never watched Jon Stewart, never really liked him, and could care less what he think.

  31. 101 jacquelineoboomer
    May 14, 2013 at 11:26 pm

  32. 102 hopefruit2
    May 14, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    • 103 jacquelineoboomer
      May 14, 2013 at 11:42 pm


    • 104 nathkatun7
      May 15, 2013 at 2:38 am

      Hopefrui2, I am relieved that it’s a Ugandan princess, and not a Kenyan princess, who is giving “a whole bunch of money” to “Thanks4Sharing Jerk.” Otherwise, Issa might have convened another investigation to find out if there is an Obama connection to this. Unlike Kenya, right wingers, like Oklahoma Sen. James Inhoffe, love them some Ugandans.

  33. 106 carolyn
    May 14, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Loved the people’s facial expressions and the children dancing in the Flash Mob Ode to Joy!!! Thank you!

  34. 107 LDS
    May 14, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Good evening TOD!
    Well, well, well.
    Looka here. Looka here.
    Just catching up with all the today’s threads. I was out all day attending our Giveaway Ministry where we hand out clothes, food, shoes, books, hugs and smiles to whomever needs.

    I knew today was going to be special. I felt it all last night. Not only did AG Holder kick ass, he wiped the floor with the egg on all of their racist faces as I sensed he would very early this morning.
    JT dropped a dime on his BFF. Wow! They are eating each other alive.
    And yes……..PBO and AG Holder made their enemies and ours their footstools. It was done so humbly smooth. So cool. So much class and grace.
    Need I say more?

    Talking about joy!
    We are in GOOD hands. Another night of blissful sleep.
    I think it is time for a Nutella sandwich.
    #TrustBarack. He deserves it.

    • 108 jacquelineoboomer
      May 14, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      *Nutella sandwich*

      Last summer, I found out three of my grandkids were obsessed with Nutella. My high-school granddaughter said they all bring it for lunch or covet their friends’ Nutella, if they forget to bring it.

      The new comfort food? (I don’t get it, but, hey.)

  35. 111 Geeja
    May 14, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Thank you all for keeping me sane these past few days. President Obama has the patience of Job. I would have been all samuel L Jackson by now on Benghazi. THe flashmob brought tears of “Joy”. Thank you for that also. Good night to all of you. Have a wonderful evening!

  36. May 15, 2013 at 12:53 am

    LL, thanks again for a beautiful late night. The music is so wonderfully beautiful. Thank to my beautiful Chips for the beautiful angels who are so lovely with their contributions. HZ

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