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Reunion Surprise; Carmina Burana

Reunion Surprise; Carmina Burana

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Louis Laughing
We went to our 25th college reunion this weekend, which, nowadays, cooincides with Commencement.  Normally we don't actually attend the graduation ceremony when we go back (I have to attend other commencements every year anyway).  This year the commencement speaker was scheduled to be Sen. Edward Kennedy.  But as you probably know, Sen. Kennedy had health issues last week, so they sent a stand-in: Barak Obama.

Needless to say, we stayed for commencement this time.  You can look at Obama's speech (either text or video) here.  It was great.

On another topic, I'm sure many of you are familiar with Carl Orf's choral masterpiece, Carmina Burana.  The first and last movements, made famous in recent decades by such pop culture applications as the soundtrack to John Boorman's Excalibur, is entitled "O Fortuna," and is a pretty shrill excoriation (in Latin) of the Fortune and all the teriible things she does to us.

Well, ndanukiwi  just showed me this riff on the lyrics that had me laughing so hard I nearly passed out.  You have been warned.
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