My World Tuesday: Summer Solstice at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

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There are some things for which it is worth getting out of bed at 2 a.m. The Paul Winter Consort's Summer Solstice celebration is one of them. My daughter and her best friend got out of the sack and into the car in time to enjoy the whole event. Adella's friend said to me, "I didn't sleep through it, but I rested through the quieter parts, and it was soothing." From a sixth grader. I love it. When it stopped being soothing, it was downright exciting. Sample the music here.

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  1. Terrific post for the day and I love the music. I'm still chuckling at the 6th graders take on the concert! Priceless! Hope you're week is off to a great start, Sandy!

    Sylvia

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  2. What a fantastic way to celebrate the solstice.

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  3. I can't think of a more wonderful place to enjoy a concert than the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. It's wonderful that two young girls would be willing to get up so early to get to the concert on time. They both must be very special.

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  4. Beautiful photos...happy first day of summer!

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  5. what a lovely architecture and Happy Summer Solstice!

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  6. very cool.




    Aloha from Waikiki

    Comfort Spiral

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  7. Fabulous! And I loved the photos!!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  8. what a great way to celebrate the solstice!

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  9. You're reminding me of my Paul Winter albums. I don't have any on CD but have the old albums. Great shot of the church. I was married 30 years ago on the summer solstice. Hard to believe. Surely I'm not that old.

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  10. How delightful. I am sometimes envious when people that live near larger cities have such interesting and different cultural ceremonies to attend. Lucky your daughter and her friend. What a lovely lesson.

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  11. Gregquill4:49 PM

    When we lived in Stratford, we'd take the train into NYC at least three times a year: St. Patrick's for Mass then Christmas shopping; one Broadway musical or another; and the Natural History museum. The train ride was always one of the attractions! I got to St. John the Divine once on my own, while I was reading "Pillars of the Earth". 'S Wonderful!

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  12. Sandy, What a great way to celebrate the Solstice! I enjoyed listening to the music. Your photos of the stone carvings are fabulous. I liked your daughter's friend's comment!

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  13. Thanks for sharing the photos and the sixth grader! The link to the music is very much appreciated, too!

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  14. Anonymous7:56 PM

    Oh kids nowadays :)

    Love the facade detailing. What a fabulous way to welcome summer.

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  15. The many cathedrals around the world hold such fabulous symbolism in their carvings and have great acoustics. The Cathedral of the Black Madonna in Chartres France is an amazing place built over a druidic sacred site. Modern day druids where at Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice but they are a far cry from ancient druids.

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  16. Nice to know they enjoy music from such an young age. Great pics.

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  17. Beautiful cathedral with fantastic carvings. Music has no age barriers.

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  18. I'm jealous in a loving way.

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  19. hauntingly beautiful What a unique experience

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  20. Sandy: Fun trip to celebrate the coming of Summer.

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  21. It is our winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, and very cold too.

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  22. Sandy, a wonderful way to start the summer season. The cathedral is beautiful.

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  23. Beautiful images and the occasion sounds very beautiful as well. What a way to celebrate the most enchanting day of the year,
    happy summer to you
    xoxo

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  24. A beautiful celebration of the solstice,lovely day to start the summer, great photos of the cathedaral church very artistic sculpture.

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  25. Sandy, what a wonderful experience!
    I just left a job where I had to get up at 2am. so I know how hard that can be...

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  26. What a nice architecture and a fantastic event to celebrate the Summer Solstice. Great images, Sandy.

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  27. the cathedral's details are great...beautiful structure and beautiful post

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  28. Good day. You have a nice blog. Your photo is really like. I'm just an amateur photographer. Have a nice day Radka.

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  29. Lovely. I'm listening to it as I type.

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