Wednesday, March 21, 2007

March 21, 1685

God so loved the world that he gave it Johann Sebastian Bach:

"Take this, brother; may it serve you well."
...who in turn went on to do more for belief in God than entire armies of bibliolaters ever could.

To honor the occasion, here is "Voyager" from one—or should I say thirty-two?—of my favorite films, Thirty-two Short Films about Glenn Gould. (Where is the Ed Wood of our day to make Thirty-two Short Films about Glen or Glenda Gould, I wonder?) Bach has several compositions speeding off into interstellar space on the Voyager Golden Records; one is a prelude and fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier, as performed by Gould. I don't know that our species could ask for better ambassadors.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Bach, wherever you are!
Watching that made me think of Koyaanisqatsi. Thank you!
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