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A Smile for a Saturday (Ode to Joy)
Dear Steady community,
As you well know, it’s been another week of heartbreak. Last Saturday, we shared our first “Smile for a Saturday” and the response was quite positive, so we felt we all might be in need of another one today.
This week’s edition is a video that has racked up so many views over the years, chances are many of you have seen it before. We have. Many times. But it always brings a smile to our faces (and often a tear of joy to our eyes). In a time when we feel so divided, by disease, by politics, by distance, by the gulfs of historical injustice, we must remember the beauty that is possible when we are able to come together.
A symphony orchestra is often used as a metaphor for the emotional power that is possible when many voices join as one. This power, however, is quite literal. There is a raw energy that emerges when disparate musical lines combine in harmony and melody. And that is especially true in the work featured here — Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. If you haven’t seen this unique performance, you’re in for a treat. As the scene unfolds, we can feel the sheer joy crescendo, a joy that comes from being connected to each other, to a place and time, and to the timelessness of music.
— The Steady Team
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