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All in All, a Pretty Good Friday;)
Good Friday has always been a de facto holiday in Buffalo, despite there being few actual religious observances of it- our church, for one, doesn't have one. This year, though, its curtain-rending effect reached back to Rochester, and that office was closed, along with my one here.

Overall, this was Good- good for work.

I got to sleep in all the way to 8:44 a.m.- and, once at work, got  my time entries caught up, and emails answered, and followups from yesterday's out-of-town marathon followed-up on.  My only appointment of the day was with the opponent of a client, and even he seemed like a nice guy.

Between last night's drive home and my time in the office this morning, I finished my annual ritual re-listening to the original album soundtrack of Jesus Christ Superstar. I also did my annual Google check-in on the three performers who created that album's most famed songs: Ian Gillan (Jesus, concurrently of Deep Purple); Murray Head (Judas, later of "One Night in Bangkok"); and Yvonne Elliman (Mary Magdalene, unfortunately of Saturday Night Fever). All are still going and even performing, lo these 45 years later, which, given 2016's unfortunate obituary histuory, is a good thing.

The peas-and-carrots conversational question for both of us over the past few days has been, "So, what are you doing for Easter?" Our answers, to different extents, have essentially been, "Not much- you?"  Eleanor brought home a rack of chicken wings for the evening of Holy Saturday, and hot dogs for Sunday proper.  I have neither the desire nor the belief system to want to spend an hour of my Sunday morning in a suddenly-filled sanctuary crawling with hypocrites.

And of course I devoted a few moments of my day to the most inspiring song for the occasion:

Blessed be the cheesemakers:)
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mac_arthur_park From: mac_arthur_park Date: March 26th, 2016 12:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's nice to know I'm not the only one who does an annual re-watch of JCS. :)
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: March 26th, 2016 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
This was (annually is) the soundtrack that preceded both the Broadway cast album and the film. I've maybe seen the latter twice over the years. I don't dislike it, but I know the recording so well, the differences are nail-on-blackboard.

As opposed to nail-on-.... sorry.

Likewise, Godspell. I've had the pre-Broadway album in every iteration over the years, and have probably seen the film a handful of times, out of similar earwormy concerns. I have seen it live a few times, which for some reason doesn't grate on me.

(A local high school just put it on, and drew a complaint. Not from an ACLU-er protesting the religious content, but because, OMG they cast a GIRL in the lead role. How offensive! (Signed, every white male Anglo actor who's played Jesus in a Superman shirt over the last 40 years with far more historical authenticity:P)
bill_sheehan From: bill_sheehan Date: March 27th, 2016 11:08 am (UTC) (Link)
For our sins, the Unindicted Co-Conspirator are singing two services today. Handel seemingly wrote for castrati, not tenors, and Rutter isn't much better. I shall have no voice by noon.

Easter and Christmas are days when the Unitarian-Universalists in all their several and diverse faiths and lack thereof become honorary Christians. The congregation has the choice of singing the words from hymn 269 ("Lo the day of days is here") or the words of hymn 268 ("Jesus Christ is risen today") to the music of the latter,, but those of us having to sing the harmony are pretty much stuck with the utterly non-Unitarian, non-Universalist words about being saved from death by Jesus resurrection (you just gotta die first) and so on. (You know the old joke about why Unitarians don't sing - they're reading ahead to make sure they approve of the lyrics.)

We, too, have nothing planned for Easter dinner. The kitchen is coming along, but we won't have a stove or running water until the end of the week. That will be a joyous day indeed.

Anyway, we can agree that we have survived another winter. The birds are singing, the frogs are peeping, the crocuses are croaking. We are fortunate indeed.

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