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The Friday OT: Leonard Bernstein on Beethoven's 'Ode To Joy'

When Leonard Bernstein looked straight at the camera and says this...

"...this music succeeds, even with those people for whom organized religion fails, because it conveys a spirit of Godhead  and sublimity in the freest and least doctrinaire  way that was typical of Beethoven. It has a purity and directness of communication that never becomes banal. It's accessible without being ordinary. This is the magic that no amount of talk can explain."

...I melted into a puddle of love and only then do we segue into the music, the real highlight. Oh my, what a chunk of Youtube.

Youtube here. Thank you to Brent Brickman and Jay Trenary for the heads-up.