Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind
Archives for December 2016
Louis Armstrong recites Clement Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas.” This was Armstrong’s last commercial recording. He made it at his home in Queens on February 26, 1971, five months before his death:
To learn more about the history of this recording, go here.
Rachel Harnisch, Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic perform “Laudate Dominum,” a setting of Psalm 117 from Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339, performed in 1999 at Salzburg Cathedral during a memorial concert for Herbert von Karajan:
(This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that appear in this space each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)
Why, then, did I never get around to putting up a tree of my own after I left home? The answer, I suppose, is that since I made a point of coming back to Smalltown, U.S.A., for the holidays each year, I never found it necessary. What began as a convenience hardened into habit, and by the time I was forty the notion of buying and decorating a Christmas tree seemed to me senseless. No doubt that said more about the confusion of my private life than it did about any domestic urges I was sweeping under the rug, but whatever my deeper reasons might have been, the fact remains that the tree I trimmed last week is the first one I’ve had in thirty-two years….
Read the whole thing here.