BP and Bach by Garrison Keillor

I tried to write the same thing myself last week, but I have to concede to Garrison Keillor’s brilliant way with words, platform and general coolness.  I’m a fan.

He wrote an impassioned op-ed piece in the New York Times about so much that is wrong with the world and about the need to deal with it with simple pleasures enjoyed.  Here’s a taste of Keillor:

“I can’t think of anything better to do right now than to sit in my backyard and look at the Mississippi and listen to Bach cello suites and enjoy a dish of ice cream with fresh raspberries.

“As the Gulf turns dark and the polar ice cap melts, I intend to listen to Bach more and listen to the news less. It’s good to know that, in the midst of vast indifference and mediocrity and narcissism, mankind did manage to produce the St. Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor.”

And here’s my attempt at saying the same thing (with a bit of youtube thrown in): Let’s Face the Music and Dance: Sorrow Mitigated by Dancing.

I’m going to be on this theme awhile.  Actually forever.  For it’s a constant challenge and necessity we face to live with gratitude, with awe, with an awareness of beauty, even as we admit pain, loss, grief, sorrow.  Scripture talks about the whole earth groaning as in the pains of childbirth as it waits for ultimate redemption.  We hope, even as we face the truth of how things are.  We eat ice cream and listen to Bach, dance and feast, even as the Gulf groans.

Not because we’re not aware but because if we allow the awareness to be totality of our experience, we couldn’t get out of bed another day.

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~ by Cary on June 4, 2010.

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