Celebration

Contrary to appearances, Sequitur is not becoming a weekly show! It’s just that circumstances explained in the Celebration podcast inspired a tribute to the great musicians who died in 2016 and an invitation to several contributors to respond to the following four questions:

  • What is your biggest celebration from 2016?
  • What is your deepest regret from 2016?
  • What is the greatest opportunity you anticipate for 2017?
  • What is the greatest obstacle you anticipate for 2017?

John Cossham’s lovely segment is up first, after Benjamin the Donkey’s musings on our annual cycle, and Kevin Hester’s interview response closes the show. In between, there’s a segment by Producer Susan Livingston, a lightly-edited rebroadcast of a Walk in the Mud segment that Lisa White did for Extinction Radio (used here with her permission), and a Reading of the Names of the deceased musicians.

Are you curious about the referenced historical data on life expectancy? Here’s a partial accounting from the early 20th century to our own times:

date life expectancy (years)
1910 50.1
1930 59.7
1950 68.2
1970 70.8
1990 75.4
2010 78.7

Do you want to hear Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah again? Here is it, with the lyrics immediately following, including the two additional verses in the Pentatonix version.

I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do ya?
Well it goes like this
The fourth, the fifth, the minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well, your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew ya
She tied you to the kitchen chair
She broke your throne and she cut your hair
And from your lips, she drew the Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well baby I’ve been here before
I’ve seen this room and I’ve walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew ya
And I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
And love is not a vict’ry march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well, maybe there’s a God above
But all I’ve ever learned from love
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya
And it’s not a cry that you hear at night
It’s not somebody who’s seen the light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name
But if I did, well really, what’s it to you?
There’s a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

I’m still working on creating an audio file from the google image URL for Sophia Hennessey’s performance with Caroline on back-up, captured on a smart phone by Sophia’s mother, Patricia Brezny: https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipOgKDqgB7OVz1ol3GtnmMKov3CmgcjwokKpozBn.

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